First council homes in 30 years unlocked in Lenzie

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A COUNCIL house development which attracted controversy when plans were first unveiled has welcomed its first tenants.

The £1.69million development of two one-bedroom cottage flats and 13 two-bedroom close-entry flats on Oak Gardens has been built by the UBC Group.

The funding came from East Dunbartonshire Council – £1.31m – and the Scottish Government, £380,000.

Keys have been handed over to the first two new tenants – Sandra Blair and Lindsay Mitchell – who were also presented with flowers.

Convener of housing and community services, Councillor Amanda Stewart, said: “This is really exciting news for Lenzie and we are very pleased to welcome both Sandra and Lindsay to their new homes.

“We recently launched our local housing strategy which detailed the number of affordable homes required across the area and this development is a great starting point to tackling the requirement.

“The new accommodation looks fantastic and we are delighted to hear that both tenants are pleased with their new homes.”

Tenant Lindsay Mitchell is disabled and her family and occupational therapist have been working closely with the design team and developer to ensure the house is suitably adapted to suit her needs.

Her mother, Ann Mitchell, added: “Lindsay never thought that she would get a brand new home that would be adapted to suit all of her needs – it’s really a dream come true.

“We are all very pleased that she can now be more independent and take greater control of her life. She is very much looking forward to her life in Oak Gardens.”

Sandra Blair was previously living in a four-bedroom council house, but as her family have grown up and moved out, the house became too big for her.

Sandra’s move to Oak Gardens means a much-needed family home can be allocated to someone on the council’s housing list.

The remaining 13 flats have been offered to people on the council’s housing list who will be moving in soon.

KEY DEVELOPMENT: Cllr Rhondda Geekie, Cllr Amanda Stewart, residents Lindsay Mitchell (front) and Sandra Blair, and Cllr Gillian Renwick. (K20304a)