Family delighted with adapted home

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Gurudeo Saluja hands the Collyer family keys to their new home in Alford..
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Gurudeo Saluja hands the Collyer family keys to their new home in Alford..

tenants have been moving in as work is finished on 35 new homes in Baillie Drive and Tillyfour Court in Alford.

The affordable houses are part of a wider development of around 200 homes in Alford by Stewart Milne and are a mix of one, two and three bedroom properties.

Tenants who had been temporarily moved from existing properties on Graham Terrace will also move into 16 of the properties. Aberdeenshire Council negotiated an early release from the lease as part of the new build contract with Stewart Milne for the new properties.

One of the homes has been adapted for Mr and Mrs Collyer and their two daughters, Bebhinn aged 7 years who is a young child carer for her father and Mhiara who is 18.

Mr Collyer suffered a stroke in 2010 which has affected his mobility and a specifically adapted shower room has been put in the property which will meet his needs.

Mr and Mrs Collyer are delighted with their new home and Mr Collyer said: “The house is fantastic and it is a huge relief to have somewhere that will make life easier for me. I am delighted that my daughters will have a lovely settled home.”

The Alford development stems from the council’s housing policy that 25% of new developments must contain affordable homes.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Gurudeo Saluja said: “It is good to see affordable homes being delivered in Alford. Creating affordable homes is a key priority for the council and tenants will, I am sure, be happy also to finally see the result of months of work by the council and developer.

The properties that have been developed to take account of specific needs for people with disabilities are commendable and go a long way to ensuring that we provide housing solutions that are right for our tenants.

It’s also fantastic to see such high standards of energy efficiency which is good for the environment as well as for tenants looking to keep heating costs down too.”

The new homes form part of a programme of house building that has taken place across Aberdeenshire over the last two years.

Aberdeenshire Council currently has around 7,200 people on its housing waiting list and has secured over £4million in total from the Scottish Government towards the cost of building 163 new homes.