Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Homes secured for Lorne Street residents

Commenting on today's announcement that the Agnes Hunter Trust has agreed the sale of their complete portfolio of 92 properties in Lorne Street, Leith to Places for People Scotland, ensuring all residents can stay in their homes, Deidre Brock MP said:-

"I'm thrilled to bits to hear this news. What a fantastic day for the tenants of Lorne Street who have been worried about eviction since June last year. Now that Places for People Scotland is taking on the properties they can finally unpack their bags and start planning for Christmas without this shadow hanging over their homes.

"This result is down to sheer hard graft, determination and lots of goodwill from everyone involved – the residents, the trustees, the council, housing associations, partner agencies and support from the Scottish Government.

"As someone who was involved in many of the meetings – including getting Housing Minister Kevin Stewart on board, working with my colleague Ben Macpherson MSP – I know just how much work went on behind the scenes. There were plenty of false dawns, disappointments and bumps along the way, but the residents just rolled up their sleeves and got on with it - they never gave up hope that a solution could be found.

"This is a great example of everyone working together for a common goal - it was an amazing team effort and I congratulate everyone involved.

"Leith is a great place to live because of its people and this result shows us why. Lorne Street tenants were determined to keep their community together and today their community is all the stronger for it. "

NOTES

  • Agnes Hunter Trust today announced the sale of their portfolio of 92 properties in Leith to Places for People, a subsidiary of the Housing Association Castlerock Edinvar. They have confirmed the sale will not affect the lease agreement and rights of the tenants.
  • This ends 18 months of uncertainty and possible evictions for the tenants since the Trust announced plans to sell the properties last year.
  • The residents formed the Lorne Community Association which has successfully campaigned with cross party support to find a way forward that would allow them to remain in their homes
  • The sale is due for completion on November 28
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Saturday, 23 June 2018

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