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ACHA Membership Prize Draw

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) recently held its 2016 Membership Prize draw and the winners, each receiving a hamper of goodies, were announced as:

Mrs Daldry, Cardross (Helensburgh & Lomond)

Mr Crichton, Rothesay (Bute & Cowal)

Ms Henderson, Campbeltown (Mid Argyll & Kintyre)

Mrs Twort, Connel (Oban, Lorn & Isles)

Share membership is open to anyone residing within Argyll and Bute aged 16 years and over. The '£1 for life' membership entitles you to vote at the Association's Annual General Meeting, including the right to vote on the elections to the Board of Management. Once a member you may also put yourself forward for election as a volunteer onto the Board of Management.

You can download a membership application form from the Association's website; www.acha.co.uk or you can pick one up from any of ACHA's offices.

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Santa Drops in on ACHA New Build Opening in Oban

Santa took time out from his busy schedule to drop in on ACHA’s latest new build opening.  He joined the Reverend Dugald Cameron and the children from Park Primary School in the town who were on a housing field trip.  Once Santa had distributed the goodies from his bag the Reverend Cameron officially opened the development.

The new homes are the latest phase in ACHA’s 107 home project in Glenshellach, with a total value of £15.6million, which has seen 57 new homes completed to date with the remaining being built over the next two years.  The homes handed over this week comprise of 8 one bedroomed properties, 5 three bedroomed and  4 four bedroomed houses.  The financial breakdown in this phase saw just over £1million in grant from the Scottish Government, £1million from ACHA and £425,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.

The Reverend Dugald Cameron commented

“Quality and safe houses where people can make homes are not only good for the occupiers but for all of us. When so many are left behind in today’s world the provision of these new houses is a visible, practical and long lasting sign that we value each other’s happiness and security. Bless these houses and from them may men, women and children thrive.”

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive, added

“We are delighted that Dugald Cameron has been able to open these new homes today in time for Christmas.  As a community Minister with a track record of outreach work it is fitting that he is with us to celebrate this achievement in meeting need today.  Housing is important all year round but never more so than at Christmas.”

The Reverend Cameron handed the keys over to the new tenants and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The development was built by MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead and during the construction phase 70 tradesmen were employed on the site.

Kenny MacLeod of MacLeod Construction added

““This contract to build housing for Argyll Community Housing Association has gone well and helped to secure valuable jobs within Oban and Argyll.  ACHA demand a high quality product that we have been more than happy to continue to meet, each house will provide a warm and welcome home for any tenant. 

These will go a long way to help support the shortage of homes for local people and will complement the existing community.”


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ACHA Publishes Landlord Report for 2015/16

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has published its third annual Landlord Report for tenants and service users.

The Landlord Report highlights tenants and other service users’ views on ACHA’s services and how well the organisation delivers against a range of indicators in the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
The main headline figure in the report indicates that 84% of ACHA tenants are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall service provided by the Association, which is a 20% improvement on the previous year. 

Particularly strong areas of performance are reflected in the repairs and maintenance service, with a 97.8% satisfaction figure.  The report recognises that areas of challenge relate to long term void homes, particularly in Bute and Campbeltown.  This has contributed to an average of 84 days to let a home. If you consider solely the not low demand properties the time taken was 21 days.  68 properties that had no demand and were vacant for more than 6 months contributed to the overall void figure.

Commenting on the Landlord Report ACHA’s Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor said
“Our third Landlord Report highlights substantial improvement in relation to tenant satisfaction with our overall service and we appear to be performing strongly in relation to repairs performance and in tenants’ views on value for money with respect to their rent where 91% feel that the rent they pay represents good value.

We are committed to working on areas of improvement and issues around tackling low demand in 100 properties will be a priority for the way forward.”
The full Landlord Report is available on ACHA’s website, www.acha.co.uk. where any comment or suggestion can be made.

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