New affordable housing unveiled in Bishopbriggs.

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A total of 46 new affordable properties for rent have been unveiled in Bishopbriggs - the latest measure to combat the area’s social housing crisis.

Development chiefs from the Link Group unveiled the new development at Auchinairn Gate, in Bishopbriggs, last week.

It was opened by East Dunbartonshire Council’s depute leader Ashay Ghai, who welcomed the boost to the town’s supply of houses available for social rent.

Construction of the 46 properties commenced in September 2011 using funding provided by the Scottish Government and East Dunbartonshire Council.

The development was completed on schedule at a cost of around £5million. The 46 properties, including eight for the council, consist of four and five bedroom houses, three bedroom flats, and one three bedroom house for a wheelchair user.

The eight council houses which have been included in the development are part of ambitious plans to deal with the areas’ affordable housing crisis - which has left over 3,000 people on the local authority’s waiting list for a home.

Between 1991 and 2001 not a single new council house was built in East Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Ghai, who is East Dunbartonshire Council’s housing convenor, said: “East Dunbartonshire still has a considerable shortfall of affordable housing so it is wonderful to see a development like this completed and providing much needed accommodation for local people.”

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