McDonald and Hepburn Welcome Sanctuary Merger Announcement

Constituency MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Stuart McDonald and MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn have welcomed news that a merger of local social landlord Sanctuary Cumbernauld with two other housing organisations which are currently separate parts of the Sanctuary Group has been the go-ahead.

Last month Sanctuary Cumbernauld tenants overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed merger in a tenants’ ballot. More than 84 per cent of Sanctuary Cumbernauld and Tenants First Housing Co-operative voters said ‘Yes’ to joining Sanctuary Scotland.

The Scottish Housing Regulator has now granted formal consent for the merger and as a result Sanctuary are now proceeding with the formal legal steps required to complete the merger. They expect the merger to be finalised over the summer months.

When the ballot was originally announced, Mr McDonald and Mr Hepburn both called on tenants to take part in the vote to let their views be known.

Welcoming the announcement Mr McDonald said:

“Sanctuary have  a duty to place the interest of their tenants first and any such changes to the structures of the organisation must have the backing of tenants.

 “The results of this ballot would indicate that they have succeeded in securing that backing.

 “I am pleased that they have now also secured formal consent to proceed with their plans from the regulator and I look forward to this merger being concluded in the near future.”

Mr Hepburn said:

“I think that this is a positive step and that it reflects strong support demonstrated by tenants who took part in the ballot on this merger.

 “Sanctuary should be applauded for the manner in which they have taken forward these proposals and I am pleased that so many tenants took the opportunity to participate in this ballot.

 “I hope that this merger will be able to provide an even higher standard of service to all of their tenants.”