Housing providers report strong financial progress

THE OSPREY HOUSING GROUP is calling on their partner organisations to do all possible to help ensure people in Moray have warm, energy efficient homes.

Osprey operate throughout Moray and Aberdeenshire and yesterday the group chairman, Bill Chapman, addressed their AGM reporting an “excellent year”.

Mr Chapman highlighted a robust financial position with a healthy surplus reported – a stronger balance sheet with increased turnover. He added: “We have put in place a comprehensive asset management strategy and an ambitious improvement programme, fully funded over the next 30 years.

“We have also met most of our key performance indicators and we continue to improve against both internal and external benchmarks. I look forward, together with key partners, to making a difference to people’s lives going forward.”

The AGM marked the first anniversary of Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership and Moray Housing Partnership coming together under the new Osprey banner. Forecast efficiencies of £50,000 have been met, which has pleased the Chairman.

Osprey has plans to develop offices into homes.

Mr Chapman also particularly praised the role of the Osprey Tenants & Residents Association (OTRA) for driving improvements to results from the tenants’ satisfaction survey and for helping to review and plan services. He highlighted the award-winning scrutiny panel’s insightful final report into voids and lettable standards as an example of the valuable work it does.

He added: “Osprey’s ambitious development programme is well underway with excellent progress being made towards the overall target of 350 new affordable homes across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. To date we have completed 142 new properties and are on site with a further 72.

“None of this could be achieved without dedicated staff and Board teams and I’d like to thank everyone for their considerable efforts over the last year in what has been a challenging market and difficult economic times.”

Osprey recently submitted plans that seek to build new flats on the site of their current office premises on Clifton Road in Lossiemouth.