Development and regeneration are about much more than building, repairing and maintaining tenants’ homes. While physical regeneration is important, social, economic and environmental regeneration are also vital if we are to successfully improve and support the communities of Govanhill and Merrylee.
Our major repairs and planned maintenance programme has an annual spend currently of around £2.8 million. The programme priorities for component replacement over the next 3 years include:
- Replacing 30+ years old windows with new, high performance, double glazed timber windows
- Kitchen and bathroom renewals
- Boiler replacements
- Major void upgrades, to increase energy efficiency (EESSH) and address Scottish Housing Quality Standard(SHQS) failures/ exemptions/abeyances where possible
Our current development programme will produce 88 new homes in the area. We completed the first two sites during 2018/19. These are at195-201 Victoria Road (42 units) and 134 Inglefield Street (22 units). A further new build project at 159 Butterbiggins Road will produce 24 units with a planned site start date in late 2019/20. In addition, we have created 100 new social rented tenancies in South West Govanhill, by purchasing and repairing sub-standard flats in the area.
Our wider regeneration role focuses on challenges and issues raised by local people, including: learning, training and employability; community development and gardening; social and financial inclusion, advocacy and outreach services; social enterprise; and, addictions.
Govanhill Community Development Trust has a prime role in delivering projects and initiatives that promote the social and economic development of the community and its people.