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Angus Housing Association Publishes 2009/10 Annual Report

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Angus Housing Association (AHA) has published its annual report for 2009/10. The report also marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Association, originally as Auchmithie Housing Association, in 1970.

In her report to tenants and members of the Association, Chairman Hazel Farquhar, herself an AHA tenant from Auchmithie, recalls the Association’s roots in the village and its initial purpose of saving the village from extinction in the early 70’s, saying it was “the catalyst for ensuring that a mains electricity supply, mains water and mains drainage came to the village by securing the investment made in refurbishing the original fisherman’s cottages and building new homes for rent.”

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Ms. Farquhar then goes on to highlight how the quality of the housing that the Association now builds has improved beyond all recognition from its early days and that in 2009/10, the Association achieved its second highest total Housing Association Grant spend of 5.5 million. She also goes on to report that every one of their new build schemes funded by the Scottish Government continued to be delivered within the budgetary benchmarks.

The report also highlights that the Association has worked closely with both Angus and Dundee City Councils to assist them in meeting their strategic priorities. This was done by targeting the majority of its investment in new housing in the Councils’ priority areas of Carnoustie in Angus and the Whitfield estate in Dundee. Of the 93 new homes for rent that started on site in 2009/10, 43 were in Carnoustie and 41 in Whitfield.

While concerned at the potential impact of impending Government spending cuts, Ms. Farquhar remains upbeat at the prospects for the Association’s future, reporting that it now owns 1,700 houses for rent, factors 350 more and had a turnover in the year of 6.5 million. Most significantly, over 1 million was spent during the year on bringing older housing stock up to modern standards.

The annual report goes on to highlight excellent performance in other areas of activity including;

  • a reduction in the average number of days to re-let a house from 73 in 2008/09 to 26 in 2009/10.
  • processing 99% of applications for housing within 10 days.
  • keeping rent arrears at 1.96% - slightly below the 2% target.
  • 97% of tenants returning surveys being very satisfied or satisfied with the repairs service.
  • a surplus for the year of 784,000.

Concluding, Ms Farquhar tells tenants that Angus Housing Association will “look forward with optimism and determination in the secure knowledge of the importance of the work we do with our communities in Dundee and Angus.”

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