Rural Stirling Housing Association unveils four new homes in Strathblane
Rural Stirling Housing Association has unveiled four new homes in the Stirlingshire village of Strathblane.
A handover ceremony, with the first tenants to move in, took place on Monday in a location appropriately named Graham Lambie Brae after the late local councillor Graham Lambie.
The one-bedroom cottage flats are part of a wider Adam (Scotland) development which offered homes for sale to private buyers.
Mark Griffiths, chair of RSHA, said: “These new homes represent our commitment to the communities of rural Stirlingshire and a long-standing desire to keep on building homes where people want to live. We wish the tenants every happiness in their new homes.”
Margaret Vass, chair of Strathblane Community Development Trust, added: “The homes and tenants are most welcome in our village. Our 2019 Housing Needs Survey indicated that homes to rent and low cost homes to buy are required to sustain our community.”
The homes feature roof solar PV panels which help reduce energy bills, with each property equipped with an electric vehicle charging point. They also have cycle storage externally and, in keeping with modern construction methods, a fire suppression system.
One of the first tenants to move in is Allan Threshie, who said: “The properties are amazing. I’m delighted with my flat. The builders and Rural Stirling Housing Association have together done an amazing job.”
The late councillor Graham Lambie was widely admired for his work in the community. He also served for a time on the Board of Rural Stirling Housing Association. His untimely death in early 2021 shocked the community and the naming of a street in his memory is seen as a fitting and lasting tribute to his life and work.
Donna Birrell, chief executive of Rural Stirling Housing Association, added: “Graham is a much-missed community campaigner and it is highly appropriate that this important step forward for housing in Strathblane should recognise his invaluable contribution to village life.”