Derelict Barrhead home brought back to life

PD_CD_1East Renfrewshire Council has continued its commitment to delivering additional affordable housing in the area with the renovation of a property in Barrhead.

The property in Divernia Way previously lay derelict for almost ten years following extensive fire damage. It has now been completely renovated into a three bedroom property following a compulsory purchase order and investment from the council.

A range of external and internal work has been carried out to give this home a new lease of life. Inside the home this has included replacement stairs, ceilings, floors windows, central heating and a modern kitchen and bathroom. Externally the roof and roughcast has been repaired and loft insulated, new external stairs to the property and slabbing and fencing in the garden.

Councillor Danny Devlin, convenor of housing and maintenance, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to turn this derelict site into a warm and safe house to add to our housing stock. Not only will this be a wonderful home for an East Renfrewshire family, but it has transformed the environment around it and removed an eyesore. We are committed to continue to provide affordable housing in the area and will use a number of strategies to achieve this.

“Plans to build 120 new council homes are underway, we have bought properties from the market to rent and will also use compulsory purchase orders where appropriate. This property is a great example of how these orders can be used successfully for the good of the area and its residents.”

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