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Argyll Community Housing Association Makes a Start at Jutland Court, Helensburgh

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has made a start on its next new housing development at Jutland Court, Helensburgh.

Jackie Baillie MSP officially launched the start of the housing project which will provide 32 new affordable flats and houses for rent, and 6 houses which will be for private sale or rent. ACHA Board members and members of the local Area Committee joined her on site for the ceremony.
Work on the development initially involves the demolition of derelict flatted blocks located on the site before building work can commence.

This new build project, which has a total cost of £4,975,470,  has progressed due to funding contributions from Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government and ACHA and it will be taken forward in partnership with developer Callum Williamson Ltd of Helensburgh

Commenting at the site launch Jackie Baillie MSP said

“I was delighted to launch the new housing development at Jutland Court. These new homes will help address the shortage of affordable housing for local families in Helensburgh and Lomond. The demolition of the old flats, which became an eyesore for local residents, will also improve the outlook of this part of the town. This investment by Argyll Community Housing Association with assistance from Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government is very welcome indeed."

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive of ACHA, commented

“We are delighted to start this badly needed development for affordable homes.  It will make a difference in assisting those in housing need and will provide construction jobs during the development phase.”

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ACHA Launches Garden in Bloom and Sunflower Competition 2017

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has now launched this year’s ‘Garden In Bloom’ and Sunflower competition.

The competition began in 2010 and has always proved successful with entries received throughout the Mid Argyll & Kintyre area.  As an opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment from tenants in maintaining their garden, tenants and neighbours are able to nominate ACHA gardens from 3rd April until 26th July 2017.  Winners will receive a trophy and vouchers from a garden centre of their choice.

In addition, ACHA will also be welcoming entries for the largest grown sunflower from all pre-5 nurseries throughout the area with the chance of winning book vouchers.

Sandra MacKenzie, Vice Chairperson of the Mid Argyll & Kintyre Area Committee commented, “This year, for the first time, the Area Committee invite members of ACHA to join them at their AGM on 2nd August to help them judge the ‘Garden in Bloom’ and Sunflower competitions.
We do this by viewing photographs taken over the summer of the competing gardens and we look forward to members joining us in this pleasurable task.”

If you would like further information or an application form, please contact your local office on 01546 605800 (Lochgilphead) or 01546 605880 (Campbeltown).

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ACHA Launches Growing Our Own

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is to take forward its own Growing Our Own initiative.  This will involve ACHA recruiting 4 trainees to work in each of the Association’s 4 operating departments.

The £100,000 per year investment over 4 years will start in April 2017 and will run to March 2021.  The intention is that at the close of the 4 year training programme there will hopefully be opportunities for the trainees to progress in the organisation.  It is planned that each of the trainees will get experience across a range of different activities in the Association, including housing management, development, finance & IT and personnel.

Commenting on the initiative, ACHA’s Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor, said

“This initiative is an investment for the future.   As an Association, we are keen to ensure that there is a starting place for a career in housing when young people leave school, college or university.  We also believe that the experience gained through this initiative will allow housing related skills to be developed through a supportive and experienced environment”

He further added

“I believe this also fits comfortably with Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategy to encourage population growth and retention in Argyll and Bute, especially for young people”

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