The old Glenside flats near St Peter’s Church are being replaced with new housing.
By Lucy Ashton
Average house prices in West Dunbartonshire have risen by more than seven percent over the last year, however the area is now the cheapest in Scotland in which to buy a property.
Data published last week by chartered surveyors Walker Fraser Steele shows that the average price of a property in the area increased from £128,290 to £137,446 between January 2020 and January 2021.
The local figure was well below the Scottish average house price of £203,369, with neighbouring East Dunbartonshire remaining one of the most expensive places in the country to buy property – with an average price of £267,214, despite prices falling in the area over the past 12 months.
In Argyll and Bute, which includes Cardross and Helensburgh, meanwhile the average price increased by 4.9 percent to £186,690 – making it the 15th most expensive local authority to buy in.
Meanwhile, demolition works are taking place in the Bellsmyre area and Glenside areas of Dumbarton – and a new housing development is being built there.
Tenement buildings are coming down at Pennycroft and Whiteford Avenue as part of a £30 million regeneration project.
New, affordable, family-friendly homes with their own gardens will be built in place of 225 tenement buildings, with ground works to prepare foundations for the 66 new homes currently being built at Muir Road.
Kevin Nixon, regional manager, told Jackie Baillie, the Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh MSP, : “It is great to see such tangible progress today on our ambitious multi million pound regeneration plans at Bellsmyre.
“Today we see the visible and substantial progress being achieved towards building a better Bellsmyre with the demolition of unsustainable properties to make way for new modern homes for the community.”
Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, said: “It is great to see first hand how the work is progressing at Bellsmyre.
“The regeneration plan is vital for the local community and economy. It will transform the area and breathe new life into the community.”
The development at Muir Road, which was formerly maisonettes, will be a mix of houses and flats with one, two and three bedrooms to cater for a wide range of families and individuals.
There will be 44 two and three bedroom houses, and 22 one and two bedroom flats. The Muir Road homes are expected to be completed in June 2022.
Bellsmyre in Dumbarton is being given a new lease of life. Pictures by Sean Davenport and Bill Heaney