Scotland’s Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess officially opened the first phase development of 65 new affordable homes for social rent in Kincardine. During her visit, Margaret Burgess had the opportunity to view the completed project and meet some of the tenants who have moved into their new homes.
Ms Burgess said: “Kingdom Housing Association is to be congratulated for the completion of this latest project, which will provide affordable, energy efficient homes for people in Fife. This 65 property development has been backed by a £4.5 investment from the Scottish Government, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting housing associations and their tenants. It is my firm belief that everyone in Scotland should live in safe, affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities. This project is a perfect example of strong partnership working between Kingdom Housing Association, the Scottish Government and the private sector, and I wish Kingdom all the best with this new endeavour.”
Bill Banks, Kingdom’s Chief Executive said “the completion of this phase is testament to the hard work and dedication of a full range of stakeholders who have worked collaboratively to transform the area. Particular recognition should be given to the residents in the community who fully participated in the process, officers and members from Fife Council who have been very supportive and the staff from all departments in Kingdom who have embraced the challenges and gone that extra mile to deliver the communities aspirations.”
Fife Council was heavily involved in the project and Councillor David Ross, Fife Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Housing, Communities and Local Services said: “I’m delighted to see the first phase of the development completed, particularly as it has housed many of the tenants from the three high rise blocks. I hope they are settling in well to their new homes. Delivering suitable affordable housing on this site has been a result of the good partnership working between Kingdom Housing Association, Fife Council, the tenants of the former tower blocks and the local community. The remaining tower block will be demolished later this year to make way for more housing.”
Michael Paterson, Chairperson of the Tenants and Residents Association, said, “I am glad to have been involved in what has been a long and at times challenging journey and see the completion of a great fit for purpose modern development that fills me with pride to think how involved the Tenants where in shaping their new homes .”
One of the new streets within Phase 1 was named Cameron Place, in recognition of James Cameron, who was the Provost of Dunfermline district between 1988 and 1992.