The long and winding road to special needs flats is at journey end

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Purpose-built flats have been created in Kirkliston to cater for adults with learning disabilities.

The four flats were built after a shortage of purpose-built accommodation in the area was identified.

Seven people have now moved into the new houses, designed by Home Scotland and built by Barratt Homes.

The flats were adapted to meet the needs of the tenants and to enhance supported living. Share Scotland, funded by the Edinburgh City Council, provides care support to the tenants.

Local organisations such as Enable South Queensferry, which started campaigning for supported housing in the 1980s, and Queensferry Churches in the Community supported the families.

Members set up the “Carers Have Your Say” lobby group with Queensferry Churches in the Community.

In 2009 local carers commissioned research, entitled ‘The Long and Winding Road’, which outlined the need for supported housing in West Edinburgh.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, health and social care convener, said: “These homes provide people with a place in their own community where they can be independent.

“The purpose-built homes will ensure residents are well cared for and will improve their quality of life.

“The residents told us what they wanted and I am delighted that the council has helped their dream become a reality. This project has come to fruition thanks to the work of local families, charity groups, council staff and Barratt Homes.”

The city council is also providing for 73 affordable homes to be built in Kirkliston.