Borders MP Calum Kerr was guest of honour at the opening ceremony of one of Eildon Housing Association’s latest developments last Friday.
He unveiled the plaque for the 18-home construction at Rodger Fish Gardens in Kelso – 10 for social rent and the remainder have been let at a mid-market rent level.
The £2.5million development has been majority funded by Eildon, but also benefited from a £558,000 grant from the Scottish Government and £302,000 of support from Scottish Borders Council (SBC). The properties have been recognised in two recent national housing design awards.
In addition to the provision of the new homes, Eildon has worked with local people to make provision for the reinstatement of allotment plots adjacent to this site.
Mr Kerr said: “Right across Scotland and the UK, there is a real need for this type of accommodation. The Scottish Government is set to meet its target of 30,000 new affordable homes by next year and, of course, Rodger Fish Gardens is making a valued contribution to that.
“Overall across the UK, we need at least 100,000 houses of this type to be built every year, so there’s still a long way to go. But developments like this are showing the way and helping to meet demand.”
z The photograph shows, from left, Eildon tenant Lorraine Watson, Calum Kerr and Eildon chairman Trevor Burrows.