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Rural Innovator Awards 2016: Voting now open!

Argyll Community Housing Association Welfare Rights Information Project is one of four projects who have been nominated for a Rural Innovators Award under the Housing category.

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive, ACHA said

“The value of our welfare rights service has been demonstrated as the project has brought in £1.8 million since it began in May 2015.  The benefits system for tenants both in and out of work can be daunting and our project not only provides help for our tenants but by extension the wider community too.”

The Rural Innovator Awards are run by Scottish Rural Action and seek to recognise and showcase some of the most innovative and effective ways in which rural challenges can be addressed. It will be awarded to a project, person or organisation who is improving life in rural communities by tackling one of the priority challenges.

Other projects nominated in this category include:

Argyll Community Housing Association
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust-Rent to Buy Scheme
SBHA- Rutherford Square
Ulva Ferry Housing Project

Scottish Rural Action National Coordinator Emma Cooper said “We are very excited to be able to start accepting votes for the Rural Innovators Awards. Some incredible and inspiring projects were nominated for the awards in this category and shortlisting was a challenging task. We would encourage people to have a look at the shortlisted projects on our website and choose the project they find most innovative and inspiring. The awards will be presented at the Scottish Rural Parliament in Brechin”

You can vote online at http://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/get-involved/ria-2015-16/
Voting closes at midnight on the 18th September 2016.

Winners will receive a paid-for place at the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 on 6-8th October 2016 taking place at Brechin Community Campus in Angus and will have the opportunity to present their project to delegates.


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ACHA to Build 8 New Family Homes in Glenshellach, Oban

Argyll Community Housing  Association  (ACHA) has just confirmed it will be going on site next month to build 8 new family homes in Glenshellach. 

The contract worth £1,092,400 has been awarded to MacLeod Construction Ltd  of Lochgilphead who are currently working for the Association on new build developments in the Oban and Lorn area.  

There is currently a waiting list of 740 applicants for housing in Oban, with 590 of these applicants wishing to be considered for Glenshellach, and this development is part of the Association’s strategy to provide desperately needed affordable housing for rent in the town.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive commented
“I am delighted that we have been able to take this forward.  We need to provide housing for families in Oban and this latest phase will make a contribution towards that.  I would like to thank the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council for their support with this development.”

The 8 units comprise four 2 bedroom and four 3 bedroom houses.

Kenny MacLeod, Managing Director of MacLeod Construction Ltd  commented
“MacLeod Construction Ltd are delighted to be have been awarded the contract by ACHA to build 8 new family houses at Glenshellach in Oban. 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 in the local area.”

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Upgrade work planned for ACHA properties on Islay

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has recently awarded a contract to an Argyll-based contractor to carry out roof and roughcast improvements to its properties on Islay, to the value of £1.5million.

Stewart & Shields, who are based in Helensburgh, successfully tendered for the contract to upgrade 53 ACHA properties mainly with external wall insulation, although some will receive an upgraded roof as well.

Commenting as the work commenced, Alastair MacGregor, ACHA's Chief Executive said
"I am delighted that ACHA has been able to award this contract to Stewart & Shields, a local company who have carried out upgrade work for us previously. These measures will allow the properties to meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), and will give great benefit to our tenants."

Properties identified to receive this work are located in areas throughout the island including Ballygrant, Bridgend, Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Port Charlotte and Port Ellen.

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