Ex-Provost delighted with new homes

New houses at Newmonthill.
New houses at Newmonthill.

Former Angus Provost Bill Middleton was “honoured and delighted” to help open Angus Council’s new housing development at Newmonthill.

Mr Middleton planted the first tree in the housing scheme’s play park area at its opening ceremony on Thursday.

And he was eager to commend the late Councillor Frank Ellis, the former convener of housing responsible for putting the wheels in motion on the new buildings.

He said: “I’m very honoured to be asked to come along and plant this tree to commemorate the new housing at Newmonthill. It’s a great honour and I’m delighted to be here. It seems a very long time ago now that we first came up here.

“I think it would be remiss of me at this point not to mention the late Councillor Frank Ellis. Frank was convener of housing at that time and Ron Ashley was his director. I’d had nothing but complaints regarding the housing with damp and condensation, but also there was a great deal of antisocial behaviour going on as well. So I asked Frank to come up, along with the director, to have a look at the problems.

“We decided there and then that the best thing to do would be to stop letting the houses, demolish them completely and rebuild.”

The 19 new three-bedroom family town-houses are built on the steeply sloping site that needed a creative solution to make the most of the location.

The once unpopular housing scheme has been transformed into attractive and affordable council housing for rent.

Mr Middleton said was thrilled with the houses.

He said: “This is the first time I’ve been up to see the finished article and I have to say, I’m absolutely delighted - it looks wonderful. They have been let extremely quickly, some of the quickest lets we’ve ever had in the council. The people must be really looking forward to staying in them.”