Cassiltoun Housing Association evolved in 2004 from Castlemilk East Housing Co-operative after the organisation decided to change its status by becoming a charity. Cassiltoun is a community-based housing organisation of 33 years standing.
Cassiltoun Housing Association (as Castlemilk East) is the oldest community ownership housing co-operative in not only Castlemilk, but also Glasgow, being registered with the Industrial and Provident Society in December 1984. The Association is managed by a voluntary Board made up of local people.
We are very proud of our roots in the ‘co-operative’ ethos, which we have retained while remaining innovative as we continue to grow. We employ 26 full-time equivalent members of staff. We are very committed to partnership working and wider action / non housing projects that benefit local people and the local economy. The combined parent and subsidiary companies have a diverse mixed tenure portfolio of over 1,000 houses, offices, children’s nursery (employs 19 staff) and training rooms mainly, but not exclusively, in the east of Castlemilk.
“We aim to enhance the quality of life of our community and to regenerate our community through housing-led and resident-controlled initiatives.”
Castlemilk is one of Glasgow’s peripheral housing schemes. Originally built on a green field site in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the area suffered from many of the problems which are associated with the decline of manufacturing industry in the West of Scotland. In addition Castlemilk had experienced problems more usually associated with rural areas - stemming from a lack of facilities within the community and geographical remoteness from the rest of the Glasgow conurbation, exacerbated by insufficient transport links. Years of effort have since been invested in reversing its declining fortunes. From 1988 to 2006, it benefited from “Urban Partnership Area” status, and a large amount of Government and private investment has turned a previously unpopular area into a desirable place to live. Considerable investment has been made during this time in the provision of new recreational facilities and the upgrade of existing ones.
The Cassiltoun story however really begins more than 35 years ago. The 1970’s saw a vast number of voids in the tenement property in Castlemilk, which led to vandalism, decline, social and economic problems for the community. Founder Board of Management members, among them the Association’s present Chair, Anna Stuart MBE, (then members of a local tenants Association) set about to create a decent, affordable, clean and damp-free place for local people to live. They succeeded.