Housing reborn at Scotland’s birthplace
The 40 new affordable council homes for rent that comprise the Abbey Quarter development replace four blocks of empty council flats that became increasingly unpopular and difficult to let over recent years.
The development will transform the former Guthrie Hill/Smithy Croft area, which is situated close to the historic Abbey, as well as the town’s High Street and main shopping thoroughfares.
Joining local elected members and other invited guests yesterday to formally mark the start of construction, Angus Council’s communities convener, Councillor Craig Fotheringham, said: “Arbroath Abbey is historically and culturally important and the new development will improve this previously unpopular area to become a place where people can enjoy life and living.
“I am delighted to see the start of this two-year project, which is supported by the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme. It will deliver modern low-rise affordable council accommodation for single people, couples and families, within an environment that has open spaces, landscaped areas and dedicated parking.
“The Abbey Quarter development will complement and enhance the approach to the Abbey and improve accessibility to Arbroath’s High Street retail area.”
A fly through of the Abbey Quarter development