Cumbernauld and Kilsyth's MSP calls for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to be part of Clyde Valley Housing Association Network Project

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 09:51 GMT on Tuesday, 14th August 2012.


CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn has called for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to be included in any new housing development as part of a recently announced project.

The Clyde Valley Housing Association Network Project is an innovative funding model which is being supported by over £11million from the Scottish Government, with the remainder of the funding being sourced through a mix of private equity and loan finance. The project is expected to create over 150 job or training opportunities through a mix of modern apprenticeships and work placement opportunities and will see 600 new homes built in North and South Lanarkshire.

Local MSP Mr Hepburn has written to both the Clyde Valley Housing Association and North Lanarkshire Council to press them for details of the planned developments and to argue for the inclusion of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in the project.

Mr Hepburn’s actions come amid a crisis in the housing waiting list situation with residents in many areas of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth facing lengthy waits.

Commenting Mr Hepburn said: “I was pleased to learn that this new project was going ahead. Currently in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth there are a large number of areas with too little housing to fulfil the current level of demand. It seems that there are many areas which would be potentially ideal locations for any new developments.

“I am inundated by requests for assistance from constituents with housing requests and some local residents are being forced to wait for months or even years for appropriate housing to become available. This project could really help to alleviate this situation and to reduce the time that people have to spend waiting for housing to become available.”