Up to £34 million is to be invested to improve housing conditions in the south Glasgow area of Govanhill.
The four-year scheme, unveiled by the Scottish Government and the city council, plans to acquire up to 350 homes and bring them into the social rented sector.
The investment will build on the pilot South-West Govanhill Property Acquisition and Repair Programme. The initiative is targeting four blocks in which many of the flats had fallen into disrepair. So far, a total of 124 flats have been brought into housing association ownership, so that vital repairs can be carried out.
The Scottish Government will invest £20m towards the four-year scheme, while the council has pledged a further £14m which will see Govanhill Housing Association assume ownership of the homes in an effort to improve property management in the area.
Council Leader Frank McAveety said: "This is a huge investment package and demonstrates the council's long term commitment to Govanhill. The council has been working extremely hard alongside our partners to deliver lasting change to Govanhill.
"In our view transforming how the area's housing is managed is the foundation for a long-term improvement in Govanhill. The impact of council-inspired initiatives such as the Acquisition Programme and the Enhanced Enforcement Area is now being felt and we are seeing real signs of progress in Govanhill.
"This latest funding package builds on this progress and sets out a clear vision for the future of Govanhill. We see real potential in Govanhill and are willing to back this with the kind of investment that will make a real difference to the area."
Vice Chairperson of Govanhill HA, Annie Macfarlane, added: "This four-year funding commitment recognises the need for a longer-term approach to tackling the issues that exist in the area. Of the 124 housing association properties bought to date, over 60% are from private landlords. This reflects our successful efforts to take housing into the social rented sector, while also maintaining existing tenancies."
Time and date
Conservation charity John Muir Trust is to give evidence at a public local inquiry (PLI) into a proposed new wind farm development in the Highlands. Developer RES is proposing to build 13 turbines inside Wild Land Area 19 (Braeroy-Glen Shirra – Creag Meagaidh). However, a PLI was triggered after th
Residents are being invited to find out more information about two major infrastructure projects spanning Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. A series of engagement events will take place over four days in Renfrew, Paisley, Clydebank and Yoker. Feedback during the exhibitions will be use
New figures have revealed the amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland decreased by 2% in 2016. The total amount of land has fallen by 253 hectares, from 12,688 hectares in 2015 to 12,435 hectares in 2016. The most common new use of derelict and urban vacant land was residential, with
A new £9 million waste depot has been opened in Edinburgh. The site at Seafield will increase efficiency by providing a single base for waste collection and street cleansing staff in the east of the city. The facility has been upgraded as part of a £30m review of the local authorities depots estat
A total of seven 3G pitches are to be upgraded across Argyll and Bute. Currently, the council maintains a several pitches across the region. However, the six concerned are not currently covered by the existing maintenance and management arrangements, and are in need of repair and refurbishment. Co
The Scottish Government has approved Aberdeenshire Council's new Local Development Plan (LDP), clearing the way for the document to be adopted. The adoption of the LDP marks the end of a four-year process which has included two major consultation exercises, attracting more than 2,000 detailed respo
Residents are being invited to find out more information about planned environmental improvements in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross. A public exhibition is taking place for local community and businesses to view proposals for Aberfeldy Square. The scheme is aimed at creating a focal point for the tow
The Scottish Government has awarded over £948,000 towards developing better crofter housing across rural and remote communities. A total of 29 crofters will share the funding, which will help towards building or improving homes, helping to retain/attract people to rural communities. Since 2007, ov
A major milestone has been reached on a £17 million environmental project in Paisley. A Microtunnel Boring Machine (MTBM) has started work to build a one mile-long waste water tunnel/sewer as part of the scheme, which will improve the water quality and natural environment in two local rivers. Cont
Work on a new £12 million Leisure Quarter at Glasgow Fort is now complete. The development, which features four restaurants and a 600-space multi-storey car park, follows the opening of a £35.5 million retail extension in 2015, and a £9m leisure extension in 2013. The unique CorTen rusted steel de