Angus MacDonald hails ‘long overdue’ investment and improvements to Grangemouth's Kersiebank Avenue flats
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 15:19
Grangemouth SNP Councillor and Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the decision taken today by Falkirk Council’s Housing Committee to spend £1 million upgrading two blocks of flats in Kersiebank Avenue, beside Grangemouth Stadium.
Angus MacDonald has argued since 2005 that the 32 flats, which have been plagued by anti-social behaviour, required upgrading.
Plans approved by the Housing Committee today include:-
The creation of 2 x 6 apartment ground floor flats with enclosed private gardens and refurbishment of 12 x 2 bedroom flats for mainstream lets
The creation of 15 x 2 bedroom amenity flats for older people, the creation of one amenity bedsit for an older person, a secure garden area and a lift given the block (173 to 201) will be allocated to older residents
Further detailed plans and consultation are still required however Angus MacDonald MSP warmly welcomed the refurbishment proposals saying:
“In 2005 I got housing officers together to work on a project to upgrade the two blocks of Kersiebank Avenue flats (nos. 143 to 171). Sadly, when the SNP lost control of the Council in 2007 the project seemed to drop off the radar.
“I am therefore extremely pleased to see this project moving forward again, particularly as we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in these two blocks of flats in recent years.
“In addition the poor appearance of the flats has been a constant embarrassment to the town for a number of years, not least when international events are being televised nationally and internationally from Grangemouth Stadium, with these two blocks sticking out in the background as a reminder of the need for upgrading of Council properties throughout the area.
“This proposal to remodel and upgrade these two blocks will provide high quality accommodation in a safe and secure environment and will help to meet the housing needs of older people and larger families, as well as providing mainstream 2 bedroom accommodation.
“The remodelling of the two blocks will also help to significantly reduce many of the social problems, which will help to regenerate the area and sustain the community.
“The whole project will take some time to complete however I am glad the ball is rolling at long last.”
Full consultation will be carried out with local residents and the wider neighbourhood community before the plans are finalised.