Minister opens new housing development
OPENING: Mr Brown with representatives of DHA
The development at Leven Street
Mrs Howie with John O'Connor and Mr Brown unveil the new street after her Photographs by Robert Bell
SCOTLAND'S Housing minister visited the Vale this week to open 30 new homes.
Keith Brown MSP was in Leven Street yesterday (Wednesday) to celebrate the new development by Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA).
He unveiled a plaque along with John O'Connor, convenor of DHA, to commemorate the official opening of the needed new homes.
During a tour of the development Mr Brown was able to see first-hand the changes that good quality affordable housing can make to people's lives.
He also presented May Howie, a founder member of DHA, with flowers and unveiled the Howie Court street sign, named in her honour.
The minister was also shown the valuable 'wider role' community work which Dunbritton has supported in the area, including the tranformation of two un-used play spaces into beautiful landscaped areas.
Mr Brown said: "Investment in new, affordable housing such as this development by Dunbritton Housing Association will help boost our economy, through the direct impact it has on construction and jobs and by making more quality homes available.
"Last week, I was pleased to announce we had exceeded our target to deliver 6,000 affordable homes each year and it is thanks to the hard work of committee members like May, that communities can benefit from new homes.
"I am pleased to open these new homes, everyone in Scotland should live in safe and warm affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities."
Mr John O'Connor added: "In our 20th year I am delighted to see Dunbritton continue to provide good quality homes and help to build communities.
In partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council, the Scottish Government, local community groups, and Cruden Builders we have created much needed affordable and accessible housing for local people.
"We are especially proud to see one of our long serving committee members, May Howie, being recognised for her unrelenting work in the community by the naming of Howie Court."
While, Donna Robb, a new tenant, said a new home doesn't get any better.
She added: "It's more than obvious a lot of care and attention went into the planning of these properties, in particular to the high standard materials used in the fitted kitchen, bathroom and doors."
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 07 Jun 12
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