Five stars for GHA neighbourhoods

Communities in Baillieston, Greenfield, Sandyhills and Springboig have become the first GHA neighbourhoods to be awarded a five-star grading.

Residents from Larchgrove celebrate five-star rating

GHA is working with partners Keep Scotland Beautiful to rate foyers and landings, back courts and open spaces, among other things, at high-rise flats and tenements. The scheme is another way we are helping improve homes and communities.

The north east neighbourhoods scored highest after an assessment in April - being awarded a Keep Scotland Beautiful five-star rating in its National Award for Environmental Excellence.

Pearl Murphy, 83, from Larchgrove Road, has lived in the area since the 1940s. She said: "To get a five-star review is really good going. I’ve always been proud of Larchgrove, but there’s been a vast improvement in the place.

"There used to be derelict land left to go to waste. Now, the back courts look great, with really nice fenced-off bin areas. Children can go out there and play.

"Staff are always here cutting the grass and picking up litter – they’ve really helped the area. It’s made a big difference."

Neighbour Karen Winter added: "It’s a good area. I feel safe here."

To get involved, talk to your housing officer or phone 0800 479 7979.

Friday, August 10, 2018