Ayrshire Housing always supports worthy causes at this time of year. This year £2,000 was shared between Care and Share, Cash for Kids – Ayrshire, the Salvation Army and the South Ayrshire Foodbank. All were chosen for the good work they do helping those facing homelessness or financial pressures. In addition, £500 was gifted to Girvan Primary School’s fund in recognition of its pupils’ contribution to Ayrshire Housing’s seasonal card.
Salvation Army Lieutenant Tim Stone said “Ayrshire Housing’s generous donation will help us support those facing crisis here in Ayr. It’s much appreciated”.
The photograph shows Tim Stone (centre) receiving a cheque from Ayrshire Housing Board members Georgina Dawson and Sandy Paton.
We are planning to spend about £4.4m on the maintenance and improvement of our houses over the coming financial year. This will include replacement doors, kitchens and heating systems. This will make our houses even more pleasant to live in as well as more energy efficient. This level of expenditure is dependent on us having enough income through the rents we charge. The Board is consulting on an increase of no more than 1.75%. For a typical 2 bedroom house this would be £1.39 a week extra. We have sought to balance the financial pressures facing our tenants with the value they place on the current high standards of service. Our proposed increase is lower than the majority of our peers, many of whom are proposing increases upwards of 2%. At its meeting on 22 February the Board will decide on the rents to be charged from 1 April 2017. You can give us your views before then in the following ways:
If you have no cold water through your taps, please try the following before phoning our repair lines.
Thaw the pipe and stop cock using a hairdryer or hot water bottle – PLEASE DO NOT USE A BLOW LAMP OR HEAT GUN.
Half open the stop cock and the cold tap and heat for 5 minutes.
Turn both the tap and the stop cock on full and heat for a further 30 minutes.
If this does not fix the problem please call us at 01292 880120 during working hours.
At other times, please contact J D Thomson (Property Care Ltd) at 01655 882234.
We’ve just sent each of our tenants a report on the quality of the services we are providing to them. The report assesses our performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
Introducing the report to our tenants, Board Chair Rhonda Leith said:
“Welcome to this year’s report on our services to you. It tells you how well we are performing against the targets set by the Scottish Parliament in the Social Housing Charter. Overall, we think that we give good value for money for the rent that you pay for your home. This is reflected in the generally excellent feedback that we get from you and your fellow tenants. There is always room for improvement though.
We have agreed the content of this report with a group of interested tenants. So the report concentrates on the areas that they think are important and which need to be developed further. We would welcome your own thoughts on what we can do better or just differently. In the next few months, we will be carrying out a major survey of our tenant views. I hope that you will contribute to this since it will help to make our services even better.
Ayrshire Housing sees itself as very much part of the wider community. I was particularly pleased recently to award the first of our new Building Community Capacity Grants to a varied range of fellow volunteer led groups. We would welcome your own suggestions of groups worthy of our support”.
You can read the full charter report for 2016 here.
Ayrshire Housing held its Annual General Meeting this evening.
The well attended event heard that the association’s finances remain healthy and its staff are meeting the challenging delivery targets set by the Board.
Board member, Councillor John Hampton who was standing in for Chair Rhonda Leith who was unwell said:
“I’m pleased to say that we have had another eventful and successful year. Our staff to deliver excellent services and are working hard to maintain our enviable financial strength. Next month, our tenants will receive their annual report on how we are meeting our Scottish Social Housing Charter obligations. It will show that the quality of our services continues to better the majority of other housing associations and Councils. Our latest development at Cross Gait in Ayr is at last finished. All our new tenants who have waited so patiently are delighted with their new homes. At its opening, we were pleased to hear the praise from South Ayrshire’s Depute Provost about our contribution to meeting housing demands through the provision of high quality housing. Over the year, we have also been working ever more actively in the community. We launched our Building Community Capacity Fund and built on relationships with local schools”
The AGM saw two new tenants joining the Board.
The meeting concluded with the presentation of the annual garden and pet competition awards. These included a rosette for Maddox a “wild kitten” who lives with Tarbolton tenant Megan Kennedy.
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Ayrshire Housing has completed 22 flats and houses on King Street, the main road into Ayr’s town centre.
The development was opened today by pupils from the neighbouring Newton Primary School. The houses and flats are grouped around a courtyard called Cross Gait. They have been designed to a rigorous energy efficiency brief by John Gilbert Architects. Particular attention has been given to air tightness, insulation, and the choice of durable and sustainable materials. The flats have glazed balconies which provide thermal benefits beyond the Building Standards as well as space for clothes airing and relaxation. All the dwellings have mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems. Prestwick based Ashleigh Building has built the development to a very high standard – bettering the rigorous air tightness target, for example.
The total cost of the project is £3.1 millions. A Scottish Government grant of £1.4 millions made it possible to rent the houses at affordable rents. The balance of the cost is being funded through a loan from Allia who are managing the Scottish Government’s affordable housing bond.
South Ayrshire Council’s Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick was delighted to oversee the ribbon cutting by the school pupils. She said “the partnership with Ayrshire Housing is really important to the Council in reducing the long waiting lists for housing. I’m sure that these houses will become delightful homes for the new tenants”.