East Lothian Council

Council approves £2.25m of new contracts

Published Tuesday 13th March 12

New affordable housing and play areas for Musselburgh and Tranent

Councillors at today’s (Tuesday, 13 March) Cabinet meeting noted the recent awarding of £2.25m of new build projects. £2.1m was awarded to Hart Properties for the construction of eight 1 bedroom flats and twelve 2 bedroom flats at 1 Kilwinning Street, Musselburgh. In February 2012, East Lothian Council was awarded an additional £600,000 of Scottish Government investment funding towards the development costs for this project.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Cllr Stuart Currie, said:

“This single contract provides a range of benefits for both individuals and communities in East Lothian. The twenty new properties will increase the council’s stock of affordable housing and provide much needed accommodation for couples and families in our largest town. The successful contractor is an East Lothian business which means a boost to the local economy at a time when construction businesses are feeling the pinch.” 

A further £150,000 was awarded to Russells Leisure Ltd for the design and build of three new play areas in Muirpark, Tranent and Goose Green, Musselburgh. The new children’s play area in Tranent will complement the community garden and allotments partnership project with the Muirpark Tenants and Residents Association on the southern part of site, transforming the open space into a Local Park.

Cllr Currie added:

“The two new play areas at Goose Green were planned following discussions with local residents as part of the community engagement process in the planning stage of the housing project. The play areas will meet the needs of children of different ages and abilities and local children, residents, community groups and Tenants and Residents Associations are involved in planning and designing the play areas.” 

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