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Scottish housing minister Calum MacDonald has marked the start of work on phase 2 of Eildon Housing Association's d...
Scottish housing minister Calum MacDonald has marked the start of work on phase 2 of Eildon Housing Association's development at Bridge Street, Kelso. The total cost of the first two phases is estimated to be around£2.1m and Scottish Homes has contributed to the cost with a grant of over£1.2m.

The flats in the development will be allocated to those in need and will help local industries to attract key workers, either by direct allocation or through a vacancy chain created by moving council house tenants into the new development.

Mr MacDonald said:

'This project represents what a partnership approach to housing can do. The site has been made available through the involvement of Scottish Borders Enterprise. It also paid for the archaeological dig which was required as a condition of planning approval and in consideration of the historic importance of the site since it is opposite Kelso Abbey. I understand the development has been designed in close consultation with Scottish Borders Council and the local community.

'Apart from the substantial funds provided by Scottish Homes,

the Bridge Street development has also attracted funding from the

Bradbury Foundation which is a Hong Kong based organisation

offering grants for social housing.

'Once completed, I am sure that the homes provided by Eildon

Housing Association at Bridge Street will demonstrate a high quality of design, contribute to the regeneration of Kelso and meet recognised

housing need in the area.'

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