West Whitlawburn Housing Co-op Wins Top National Award

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has honoured West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative at its glittering annual awards dinner held recently in the Hilton Double Trees Hotel in Glasgow.

The evening was hosted by Radio Forth’s Arlene Stuart with entertainment from comedian Des Clarke.

WWHC scooped top prize in the Environment and Sustainability Award category for the Housing Co-operative’s ground breaking and innovative Biomass Energy Project which was deemed by the judges to be “the best in Scotland”. The judges were particularly impressed by the manner in which WWHC had combined significant environmental benefits by using biomass fuel and had also become the tenants’ not-for-profit Energy Supply Company and was addressing fuel poverty, by freezing tenants’ energy bills for 27 consecutive months.

Susan and Anne Anderson receiving CiH's Environment and Sustainability Award on behalf of WWHC.

Pictured are WWHC Committee members Susan Anderson (Chair) and Anne Anderson (Vice Chair) accepting the award on behalf of WWHC. Stephanie Marshall (Depute Director), who has been the projects inspiration and project leader, was also in attendance at the awards ceremony.

Susan said “It is a great honour to receive this award and the project is certainly ground breaking, it is fantastic our efforts have been recognised in this way”.

Stephanie said “The project has been a very difficult project to finance and manage. It was not without its difficulties in the early stages, but it is delightful to see very high levels of tenant satisfaction with the project currently and also that the Institute has chosen to honour us in this way”.

James Kelly, MSP for Glasgow lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament congratulating WWHC on their achievement.

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