Monday, 9 June 2014

‘Worrying delay in new Guardbridge housing,’ say LibDems

Cllr Tim Brett, Councillor for the Tay Bridgehead Ward, has expressed his deep concern at the delay in the building of new affordable housing in Guardbridge.

Cllr Brett said, ‘I understand that Kingdom Housing Association and their contractor Campion Homes are struggling to obtain proposals from Scottish Water on the provision of a required infrastructure upgrade which will enable the provision of a water supply to the proposed affordable homes on Toll Road in Guardbridge. This is very frustrating as this development has received strong support from the local community. There is an urgent need for more affordable housing in the St Andrews Housing Market Area and I know that there are many people on the housing waiting list who would like to be considered for these new homes.’

Cllr Brett went on to state his belief that Kingdom had been in discussions with Scottish Water for quite some time on how the infrastructure upgrade might be delivered but that the housing association has been unable to get final proposals from Scottish Water. ‘I have also been told that Scottish Water is looking to Kingdom to meet the cost of the infrastructure upgrade even though the infrastructure will then benefit other developments in the Guardbridge/Leuchars area.’

He concluded, ‘Given the pressing need for affordable housing, it is unfortunate, to say the least, that these difficulties have not yet been sorted out by Scottish Water. I very much hope that Scottish Water will be able to deliver the infrastructure proposals to meet the requirements of Kingdom in the very near future, allowing them to get on site. The development at Toll Road will provide 66 affordable properties, 56 of which will be for social rent.’

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