MORE than £5million has been secured to fund the long-awaited regeneration of the troubled Stonefield Housing Estate.
After years of discussions and planning, it was announced this week that the Scottish Government has given Scottish Borders Housing Association and Waverley Housing the go-ahead to transform the area – which has suffered from social problems and a declining number of residents.
The government seal of approval for the transfer of empty homes between the two housing providers, allowing completed blocks to have separate ownership, means the two organisations can now embark on an ambitious regeneration programme – which will see some flats demolished, and others updated with new kitchens and bathrooms.
Julia Mulloy, chief executive of SBHA, told the Hawick News: “It has taken a number of partners to get to this stage, not just the joint working and planning of Waverley and SBHA, but also practical solutions through funding and support from Scottish Borders Council.
“We are delighted to be meeting with residents this week to share the good news, and both providers will be investing to ensure all homes exceed the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by 2015.
“We plan to replace part of the estate with new homes, thereby providing modern housing solutions for the town.
“We expect the whole project to deliver a boost to the supply of good-quality housing in Hawick and we will maximise the training and employment opportunities for young people in commissioning the work.” And although plans are at an early stage, assurances have been given that Stonefield residents will be consulted throughout.
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