"A small, but important step towards reducing the number of people waiting for council housing in Prestwick."
That's the view of Councillor Philip Saxton, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer First, today (Friday 31 October 2014) welcoming the news that the Council had concluded a deal with the Ministry of Defence to buy five three-bedroom homes at Outdale Avenue in the town.
The purchase of the homes adds to the Council's stock of 114 three-bedroom houses in town, which will now be fully upgraded and modernised to meet Scottish Housing Quality Standards – and be available for rent to Council tenants early in 2015.
Councillor Saxton said: "We've already built 102 new homes in South Ayrshire the last three years and plan an additional 59 homes in the next year, but demand for Council accommodation in Prestwick is particularly high, especially for three bedroom properties.
"Meeting that demand is challenging in Prestwick due to so few properties and vacant sites on which to build, which is why the purchase of the MoD homes is such welcome news.
"Our aim is to get these houses fully refurbished and back on the market for rent to Council tenants as fantastic homes for people who need them most.
"I look forward to seeing these houses when the improvement work is complete and to welcoming their new tenants shortly after.
"Looking ahead, we'll continue to do everything we can to make sure all our tenants have high-quality, affordable, homes, helping those on our waiting list to find suitable housing as quickly as possible, no matter where they live in South Ayrshire."