Burnfoot initiative’s focus on tenants

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

Councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer joined social landlords, community leaders and community council representatives in Burnfoot this week as part of an ongoing initiative to improve the living conditions of social housing tenants.

Waverley Housing Association is coordinating multi-agency visits to the estate, the key purpose of which is to identify areas where specific housing problems exist, including overgrown and unkempt gardens, broken or missing fencing and dog fouling areas.

These now regular visits normally include representatives from other housing providers such as SBHA and Eildon, as well as Scottish Borders Council and local community representatives.

Commenting on the initiative, Councillor Marshall said: “Burnfoot is a great estate with the vast majority of residents maintaining their properties to a very high standar. This visit allows us to identify those isolated areas where there may be specific problems and to work together to resolve them.”

Councillor McAteer added: “This is an excellent initiative being driven by the housing associations who are keen to support residents improve overall standards.

“It also allows us to identify potential problems and to nip them in the bud. The overriding conclusion is that Burnfoot is in great shape and the more we can all do to support the residents the better.”