Doors open on new housing

Left to right: Derek Muir (Head of Housing & Neighbourhood Services) Cllr Elizabeth Riches, Cllr Brian Goodall, Cllr David Ross, Cllr Donald MacGregor and Ken Gourlay (Head of Asset & Facilities Managements).
Left to right: Derek Muir (Head of Housing & Neighbourhood Services) Cllr Elizabeth Riches, Cllr Brian Goodall, Cllr David Ross, Cllr Donald MacGregor and Ken Gourlay (Head of Asset & Facilities Managements).

ANSTRUTHER is now home to the first Fife Council built houses in over 20 years.

Keys were handed to excited new tenants of an eight-property development built on the site of the former primary school at Shore Road, Anstruther Wester on Monday.

The mix of two and three bedroom houses were designed by Oliver & Robb Architects, and are built to the council’s enhanced specification using cutting edge technology.

Councillor David Ross, executive spokesperson for housing, communities and local services, said the development was completed on time and to budget.

He added: “The majority of the contractors used on this project were based in Fife and this has generated £632,000 back into the Fife economy.

“It also provided work for 115 local people during the project and gave valuable training opportunities to local apprentices to develop and enhance their skills for the future.”

The features of the homes include sprinkler systems, solar hot water panels and energy monitoring meters.

Not only that, the homes have been built using an innovative ‘breathing wall system’ which captures and recover some of the heat, which would normally escape through external walls, thus reducing fuel bills.

Councillor Ross, who attended the handover of keys said the houses were, where possible, allocated to applicants on the transfer list. This was done so as to free up at least one further property for rent for every new home that has been allocated.

He added: “The complex looks terrific and it’s been great to have a tour of the houses now that they’re occupied. It is good to see the positive effects the development has on the lives of the new tenants and their families.”

The development cost £820,000 to build with the Scottish Government investing £210,000.