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ACHA Wins on Anti-Social Behaviour

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has won a legal case against a tenant and their partner who repeatedly engaged in anti-social behaviour at one of their properties in Dunoon.

Although a tough line has always been taken on anti-social behaviour, this was the first instance in the Cowal area of the Association applying for and being granted an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).  The Association also served a notice of proceedings for breach of tenancy conditions against their tenant.  The Sheriff at Dunoon court granted an eviction notice and with an interim ASBO against the tenant. The court further granted a full ASBO against the partner who allegedly lived with the tenant.  The court also granted expenses against the couple.

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive for ACHA, commented “Evicting tenants is never a step we take lightly and only a handful of our tenants behave in such a manner, but when a tenant makes life so difficult for others, we are given very little alternative.  ASBO’s and legal proceedings are very lengthy and complicated and take up a large amount of our employees’ time.  The fact that we have won this case sends out a clear message to our communities of law abiding citizens who want to live in peace and tranquillity in their ACHA homes that we are on their side”.

He further added “I would like to thank ACHA staff, our Police partners, our legal team and most importantly the local community for their hard work and support in this outcome.”

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Scotland’s Oldest Councillor Helps ACHA Move Home in Bowmore

Veteran Councillor Donnie MacMillan, 89, has helped Argyll Community Housing Association open its new office in Bowmore on the island of Islay.  Newly- re-elected Councillor MacMillan has family connections to the island.

Councillor MacMillan joined Islay Councillor Robin Currie in cutting the ribbon to open the new office in Flora Street, Bowmore accompanied by ACHA tenant Bob Munro.

Argyll Community Housing Association has 368 properties for affordable rent on Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha and the new office will provide an operating base for the 6 ACHA staff who cover these island communities.  The Association also has an active new build housing programme on the island having provided 41 new homes in Bowmore and Port Ellen in the last three years with a further 20 currently on site on the island.  The Association also plans to build 4 new homes in the village of Keills.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive, commented

“I am delighted that we have been able to develop this new office facility for our tenants and staff in our Southern Hebridean communities.  ACHA is active in investing in our existing homes and in building new homes in the Southern Hebrides and this investment is a statement of intent for the future.”

He further added

“I am particularly pleased that Councillor Donnie MacMillan has accompanied Councillor Currie, the Local Authority’s most recent Housing Convenor, at the opening.  His commitment to public service, including serving on ACHA’s Board, is something we value and his support for affordable housing in the communities of Argyll and Bute has been steadfast in the 10 years of ACHA’s existence.”

Councillor Robin Currie commented

“I’m very pleased to be involved in the opening of this new ACHA office on Islay which will be a valuable facility for tenants and wish the staff all the best for the future.”

The new office was built by local building contractor Colin Logan from Bowmore which reflected a £70,000 investment.


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ACHA’s Modern Apprentices Will Earn as They Learn

Argyll Community Housing Association is investing in the future of its workforce by offering three paid Modern Apprentice vacancies to young people across Argyll.

The four-year apprenticeships give candidates the chance to obtain a recognised qualification, as well as gain valuable work experience and receive a competitive salary.

Apprenticeships are available in three different areas:

Housing and neighbourhood services – which could be based anywhere in Argyll

Construction and technical – based in Lochgilphead

Corporate Services – based in Helensburgh

Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor said, “Not all school leavers want to go to college or university and even new graduates can find it hard getting a job without work-based training and experience. We’re offering a four-year apprenticeship to three young people, that will lead to a nationally recognised qualification, as well as the opportunity to gain work experience and transferable skills. Our apprentices will earn as they learn.”

The new apprentices will spend at least 10% of their time working towards apprenticeship accreditation and the rest of the time with their team, doing a real job. More details about all of the roles are available on the recruitment section of ACHA’s website www.acha.co.uk.

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