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Approval is granted for 18 social housing flats

Hillcrest Housing Association has been given the go-ahead to build the development on a gap site off Coupar Angus Road, in Dundee, to the south of St Ann Lane.

The proposed site is next to Lochee Health Centre and the site of the former Highgate Shopping Centre, which is now a car park.

Work on the site will begin by late summer and it is expected to be completed late next year.

David Zwirlein, director of development and new business at Hillcrest, said: "These properties will mark a significant contribution to the regeneration of the area.

"The development is still in its infancy and is subject to the com­ pletion of land acquisition from Dundee City Council and Scottish Government grants, however it is anticipated that work will start on the site this summer and we look forward to delivering these one and two-bedroom properties to people and families in need of social housing by late 2016."

The development will be made up of 14 two-bedroom flats and four one-bed­ room flats, while there will also be off-street parking for residents.

The project is the latest in a number being handled by Hillcrest as part of regeneration across the city.

The gap site off Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, which will soon be home to 18 new flats.

In Sinclair Street, yards from the latest proposed site, work is already under way on 32 new housing asso­ ciation flats.

And last October, the council revealed plans to put £3 million into a partnership scheme with Hillcrest as part of plans to build 70 homes on the former site of Alexander Street multis in Hilltown.

Meanwhile, late last year, Cullross Ltd and Hillcrest submitted proposals to build 21flats at Dens Road’s junction with Alexander Street.

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At Hillcrest HA, we are always happy to hear good news from our tenants and we were delighted when Kate, one of our tenants in Perth, got in touch to tell us about her new home.

Here’s what Kate had to say:

My name is Kate. I am 31 years old and I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
I have recently moved into my first home in Perth.
Hillcrest has provided me with a lovely ground floor flat, which has been adapted for my specific needs.
The flat is spacious and easy to move around in in my wheelchair.
Everything is at a good height, making my life so much easier.
Having my own place has made such a difference to my quality of life.
I enjoy cooking and buying things for my new flat.
My flat is situated close to the city centre, which makes it easy for me to get out to socialise and attend activities.
The team at Hillcrest have been lovely, and helped me in so many ways.
I am so happy!
Thank you Hillcrest
http://ow.ly/i/aKSIK http://ow.ly/i/aKSIT

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It’s time for us to dust off the old dinner jackets and to get our best frocks dry cleaned…

The Scottish Home Awards 2015 here we come!

We are delighted to be shortlisted in 3 categories for this year’s awards, the categories are:

• Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year (housing associations)
• Affordable Housing Innovation - Gift Aid Funding
• Housing Association of the Year (more than 3000 units)

Congratulations to everyone else who was shortlisted!

The winners will be announced at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday 18 June 2015.
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Do you have issues heating your home or affording the bills?

Don’t bury your head in the sand! Let us know and we might be able to help.
We are running our first free Energy Advice Information Session in Forfar next week with more to follow!

Event: Free Energy Advice Information Sessions
When: 9.30am – 1pm or 1.45pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 March 2015
Where: Manor Court, Forfar DD8 1AD

Don’t live in Forfar? Can’t make it? Don’t worry! We have more sessions coming soon - keep an eye out for dates.
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The gang from Gowrie Care’s Student Support Service had a great time at the Autism Professional awards last week despite not taking home the award.

While they were disappointed not to win, the team was delighted to be the only service from Scotland to make the grade as finalists in the Autism Accreditation Excellence Award.

Everyone at Gowrie Care and the Hillcrest Group of Companies is proud of the Student Support Service for reaching the final and would like to congratulate Knowsley Disability Service for winning the award. http://ow.ly/i/8X4n5 http://ow.ly/i/8X4n8

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Attention Hillcrest Housing tenants in Forfar!

Join us next Tuesday to find out how you can save money on your energy bills.

Event: Free Energy Advice Information Sessions
When: 9.30am – 1pm or 1.45pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 March 2015
Where: Manor Court, Forfar DD8 1AD

Why not pop in and chat to an energy advisor about your heating use, fuel bills, advice on switching and cutting energy use to save you money!

We will be having more sessions in your area so keep an eye out for dates coming soon!
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Double delight for Dragons at Dundee Sport Awards

They are at it again! Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, still on their winning streak, took home 2 awards at the Dundee Sport Awards last night.

The disability sports team was awarded the Club of the Year Award and Elizabeth Ferris, team captain, won the Jenny Wood Allen Award.

Go Dragons and well done Elizabeth! Gowrie Care is one very proud sponsor!

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Did you know you can raise money for charities like Craigowl Communities when you book your holiday?

Give as you Live works with all the leading travel retailers so every time you book a trip, a hotel or a holiday you could raise funds for us - at no extra cost!

Find out more at https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/craigowlcommunities
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Care on the cobbles

Billy Duncan, a resident at Gowrie Care's Milton Street service in Dundee, and his keyworker Nerys Smith recently had a small holiday for 3 days to Coronation Street.

During their time there Billy said he had lots of fun doing many activities and sightseeing, Billy said it was great!

He said he enjoyed all of his holiday and getting to see the street of his favourite soap but liked pulling pints in the Rovers Return and getting his photo took the most!

Billy said he will never forget his holiday.
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Top of the Jobs: Electrician wanted in Dundee
Hillcrest Maintenance Services is looking for an Electrician to join their team in Dundee.
Hours per week: 39
Salary: Competitive Salary, bonus, pension & other benefits
Contract Terms: Permanent Post
Closing Date: Monday 2nd March 2015 at 12 noon
So if you put the spark in sparky you could be the dynamo we need to join our dynamic team of tradespeople. Click the link to find out more.
http://hillcrest.org.uk/Maintenance+Services/Vacancies/
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