South Ayrshire Council announces £79m housing investment

south-ayrshire-councilSouth Ayrshire Council has announced that it will be investing £79 million in housing over the next five years.

The significant investment will be used to build new properties, improve and expand play areas and upgrade existing housing stock, with the council carrying out internal improvements to over 1,000 properties in 2017, far more than in a typical year.

Councillor Philip Saxton said the funding reinforces the council’s commitment to provide tenants with the best accommodation possible.

He added: “I am delighted with the funding announcement as it means we can continue to provide modern and energy efficient new builds while transforming existing properties through our extensive improvement programme.

“We have a robust and sustainable business plan in place for the next 30 years, a plan which according to external bodies demonstrates a ‘prudent approach’ to our housing programme.

“This is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about helping to build communities so I am also pleased that we are also looking at our provision of play areas which brings people together and promotes health and wellbeing.

“Our housing programme is well on track and we will continue to work with communities and our tenants to provide the best possible accommodation.”

In addition, the council is also set to demolish 24 lock ups in Central Avenue and Brown Avenue in Troon. All the lock ups have been vacant for some time and the decision to remove them addresses growing health and safety concerns.

Once demolition has taken place, the council will investigate future options for the sites in consultation with the local community.

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