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Celebrating 40 Years of Williamsburgh Housing Association
Posted on 24th Jul 2019 at 15:02 ( Last updated on 26th Jul 2019 at 12:16 )
It was time for celebrating as we marked 40 years at the forefront of housing in Renfrewshire, growing substantially from our small beginning in the east end of Paisley.
Held in Johnstone, 100 people including staff, members of the management committee and people associated with the organisation over the years gathered to mark Williamsburgh’s very happy birthday.
Speaking at the celebration event held at the Lynnhurst Hotel, Gordon Williamson (Director),praised the “outstanding vision” of those members of the community who came together in summer 1979 to create a new housing association.
He said: “It hardly seems like forty years ago that Williamsburgh was founded and since then we have always striven to give people the best housing possible, to regenerate areas where we have our homes and to serve our communities to the best of our ability.
“As we look back we can do so with a sense of pride and a firm commitment that we will always put our communities first in the true spirit of the housing association movement.”
Making hugely positive improvements in our communities, through this activity, the Association has increasingly sought to tackle housing need and, provide for those not catered for, through the improvement programme, by developing new housing, on appropriate sites in north Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone.
By providing a varied mix of house size and types, the work of the Association has contributed to more balanced communities.
Gordon added: “It is incredible that just forty years ago people were living in conditions in some tenements in the east end of Paisley where there was no running hot water and outside toilets. That is what we set about tackling.