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ACHA secures final part of the deal for a further Connel New Build

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have been able to secure the final two pieces of the jigsaw to build a third phase of affordable homes in the village of Connel, north of Oban.  Argyll and Bute Council confirmed planning approval this week and ACHA were then able to acquire the site.

The Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA had given a commitment earlier to fund the new development.  It will be made up of 10 homes for affordable rent comprising of 4 x 3 bedroom houses, 2 x 2 bedroom houses and 4 x 2 bedroom flats.  The total cost of the project will be in the region of £1.6million.

This announcement confirms the total number of affordable units on the site will be 28.  The first phase of 8 units was completed in May 2015, the second phase of 10 units is currently on site and due to be completed in October.  It is intended the third phase will go on site in the summer of 2016.

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

“This is good news for those in housing need, for jobs, and the future of Achaleven Primary School in the village as the family homes will bring in young children.”

He further added:

“This is not just about homes for the future but jobs as 50 construction workers, including 5 apprentices will be employed on the site during the contract duration.”

Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chair of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee of Argyll and Bute Council commented:

“I am delighted at the announcement of these much needed homes in the village of Connel. I am also pleased to note the partnership working between ACHA, Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government. This will go some way to addressing the housing shortage in the Oban Lorn and the Isles area, but we must continue to build these much needed houses.”

The ten new homes will be built by M & K MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead.

Kenny MacLeod, Managing Director of MacLeod Construction commented regarding the Connel Site:

“MacLeod Construction Ltd. are delighted to be working with ACHA again on the development at Connel. Not only will this provide much needed housing for the local community, it will also provide continued employment for our workforce and allow us to provide much needed apprenticeships for the construction sector.”
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ACHA welcomes Scottish Government support for Welfare Rights Service

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has welcomed a grant approval by the Scottish Government of £170,000 to support its Welfare Rights Information Service through the People and Communities Fund.  The Association has, over the past 6 years, supported a small team of staff to work with tenants on low incomes and who have been vulnerable to welfare reform changes.  The primary objective of the project has been to assist vulnerable tenants in terms of maximising and stabilising income, and to assist them in maintaining their tenancies.  Over the years the project has survived on a variety of grants, assistance from the Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA.


Commenting after the announcement, Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive said
“As an organisation with charitable objectives to help those in the greatest need we are delighted to receive this grant from the Scottish Government.  It will allow us in 2016/17 to continue our work with those that need financial assistance, support and representation.”


He further added “This financial support will allow us to do further outreach work in communities throughout Argyll and Bute to reach those who need help the most.”

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ACHA Go on Site at Victoria Park

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have just gone on site with 5 three bedroom family homes in Victoria Park in Dunoon.

The development on ACHA owned land will be built by M&K MacLeod of Lochgilphead.  The onsite work will take around a year with an anticipated handover in the Spring of 2017.
The project has a total value of £811,338, with contributions from ACHA, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive commented
“I am pleased that we are now on site. Not only will this development provide 5 family homes, it will provide jobs for 20 workers, including 3 apprentices, during the time on site.”
He further added
“I would like to thank the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council for their financial support.  We could only have delivered this through the sum of our parts.”

Bruce Marshall, Cowal Councillor and ACHA Board member said
“I would like to add to Alastair’s comment that I am very pleased that ACHA is increasing its housing stock in Cowal and at this very difficult time when funding for new build is so hard to get and I am pleased the Council has been able to assist to make this come about.”

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