COUNCIL chiefs have continued their commitment to delivering additional affordable housing by bringing a property devastated by fire a decade ago back from the ashes.

The house, in Divernia Way, lay derelict for years after suffering extensive fire damage.

Now boasting three bedrooms, it has been completely renovated following a compulsory purchase order and investment from East Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Danny Devlin, convenor of housing and maintenance, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to turn this derelict site into a warm and safe house to add to our housing stock.

“Not only will this be a wonderful home for an East Renfrewshire family, but it has transformed the environment around it and removed an eyesore.”

Previously, the Barrhead News told of a rising concern among neighbours that the abandoned property was being used as a drugs den.

Thanks to the council’s investment, a range of external and internal work has been carried out to give the property a new lease of life.

This has included installing replacement stairs, ceilings, floors windows and central heating.

A modern kitchen and bathroom have also been fitted.

Externally, the roof and roughcast has been repaired and the loft insulated, with new external stairs and slabbing and fencing in the garden.