Work has started on the construction of 16 new council flats for rent at Kellie Road in Dunbar at a total cost of £1.8 million.
Councillor Norman Hampshire and depute chief executive Monica Patterson met Hart Builders managing director David Small and head of business development Gill Henry to cut the first turf last Thursday.
The company has started building the new flats which will be bought by East Lothian Council on completion and they will be available in mid 2015. Each of the properties will receive £46,000 – a total of £736,000 – in Council House Building Grant from the Scottish Government.
The 16 flats will all have two bedrooms and will be in blocks of four. Four flats on the ground floor will have wet-floor showers to make them more accessible to people who are less mobile. All flats will have energy efficient heating systems and high levels of insulation.
Councillor Hampshire, the council’s housing spokesman, said: “Things are really gathering pace in terms of new council housing in the county. The council delivered 120 new homes last year and another 75 new council homes will be built by March 2015.
“These 16 flats will make a very useful addition to council housing in Dunbar, particularly in terms of providing four very accessible ground floor flats. I am delighted with the emphasis on energy efficiency in the new flats too – it doesn’t just take the sting out of heating bills but also supports a much more sustainable way of living – something which, as we all know, is very important to us here in Dunbar.”
The site is at the east end of Kellie Road close to the roundabout at Spott Road.
Mr Small added: “Hart Builders is delighted to continue our partnership working with East Lothian Council and deliver 16 new homes for rent. By working closely with the council we are able to deliver an ongoing programme of highly sustainable homes which allows us to continue to invest in East Lothian.”