WORK to investigate potential for future council house development in south-west Johnstone will begin next week.

The survey work in the town's Auchengreoch Road and Spateston Road will start on Monday and includes excavation of trial pits and bore holes.

There will also be investigations going in the Ferguslie area of Paisley, at the site of the former St Fergus School and Drums Avenue, as part of the first stage of a £14million development which will create around 100 new affordable council homes to transform the Tannahill area.

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Residents -such as Joe Reilly - had previously revealed their fears that the precious green land could be sold off 

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s communities, housing and planning policy board, said: “We want to build affordable housing that meet the needs of our tenants as well as future housing needs across Renfrewshire. The results of these surveys will provide vital information on the ground conditions for potential development in these areas.”

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Anyone seeking information on the survey work or the council’s new build housing programme should contact Renfrewshire Council Housing Service via or visit