New home in Springburn means tenant Rose has ‘come full circle’

A Loretto tenant has ‘come full circle’ after moving into her new home in Springburn.

Barclay Street new build

Rose Adens, who moved into Barclay Street in the summer, says Springburn holds a special place for her because her mother grew up there.

As well as moving back to her family roots, Rose also said her new home is warm, spacious – and she has friendly neighbours.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken, joined tenants, staff from Loretto and Wheatley Group, local elected members, as well as representatives from the city council, the Scottish Government, the contractors and others, to mark the opening of the 49 new homes in Barclay Street this week.

Rose Adens, 64, a retired cleaning manager, moved into Barclay Street from her home in Maryhill, in June.

Rose said: “My mother came from Springburn so it feels like I’ve come full circle.

“I hardly knew my mother, she died when I was young, but Springburn has always held a special place for me.

“I really like my new house. It’s bigger and it’s really warm too. I’ve hardly had to put my heating on at all – and I’m definitely saving money on my bills.

“It’s very quiet here, and the neighbours are nice and friendly.

“My great granddaughter is nine and she stays over sometimes. She’s loves it here – and she’s already got her own drawer.

“It’s lovely. I hope to be quite settled here.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "These lovely new homes in Springburn are a great example of what can be done in meeting the various needs of people and families at different stages of their lives.

“I am glad to see the new residents are enjoying living in this new development, and that the council was one of the partners responsible for delivering it."

The £6m development in Barclay Street is made up of 49 homes for social rent. The homes, a mix of flats and houses, with four of the flats suitable for wheelchairs, were built by contractors McTaggarts.

Douglas Robin, Chair of Loretto Housing, said: “It’s always great to hear how new Loretto homes make a difference to the tenants who live in them.

“These new homes are not just modern and spacious, they help tenants save money on their fuel bills. That’s one more way Loretto is helping make people’s lives better.”

As part of the contract with Loretto, McTaggarts created eight new jobs and three apprenticeships to work on Barclay Street.

Janice Russell, McTaggarts Director, said “Our team always feel an enormous sense of achievement when they see people move into the homes we build.

“We’re delighted the feedback from Loretto tenants is so positive.”

As well as the development in Barclay Street, Loretto opened 55 homes for social rent at Eriboll Street, Lambhill, at the start of 2017.

Work is already underway on another 28 Loretto homes in Broomfield Road, Springburn, and another 44 in Wallacewell Quadrant, Balornock.

Meanwhile, work is due to start shortly on 42 new Loretto homes in Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws, and another 28 at Buckley Street, Ashfield.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017