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COVID-19 - Help and Advice

Messages from Alastair MacGregor

"Dear Tenant

You will be aware that the Scottish Government has imposed household movement restrictions in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire. We have had a number of tenants refusing access for repairs and other maintenance issues due to a confusion regarding access to homes. Could I make it clear the Scottish Government’s restrictions do not apply to tradesmen going into your home who may come from Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire or East Renfrewshire. The new rules do not apply to any repair or investment work related to your home that ACHA may require to do. I have attached a link to the Scottish Government’s position on this issue by way of further reassurance. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-measures/

In these challenging times we would really appreciate it if you can continue to work with us to allow access for all essential health & safety services visits

I hope the above is helpful and if we require to access your home to carry out any repairs or maintenance issues you are able to work with us on that.

Best Wishes

Alastair"

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"Dear Tenant

First of all, I hope you and your families are doing as best you can in these challenging times.

I want to give you a quick update on where we are with services we provide to you and a timeline for the way forward. Grass cutting and Estate Management inspections recommenced and are going well. From the 7th September, ACHA will be accepting and recording all repairs as normal, however due to the ongoing challenges in delivering services due to COVID- 19 there will be delays in completing non-emergency works and we apologise in advance for any delays and inconvenience caused.

Emergencies will still be treated as a priority and operative will make every endeavour to attend within the 4 hour timescale.

We have been doing essential servicing within homes since the start of lockdown because it is important that these checks for gas and electrical safety are carried out. A very small number of tenants have refused us entry for these essential works. These works are important for your health and safety so it is really necessary to get access. Our repairs team have all be trained and briefed on social distancing and they would ask you to be in a separate room when essential serving or indeed any other repairs are carried out. These are not easy times but the Association is trying to move forward respecting the guidance issued by the Scottish Government and the scientific and medical advisors.

I hope you find this update helpful but if you require any clarification or further information on what I have covered please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0800 0282 755.

With very best wishes

Alastair"

Do You Want to Volunteer with ACHA?

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is looking for tenant members and other interested parties to serve on its Board of Management. This would involve attending and participating in ACHA Board meetings.

The position is unpaid but out of pocket expenses are paid. If you are interested in housing and its wider community benefits this may be of interest to you. Training will be given and the commitment is relatively small, typically around 3 hours per month.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity please contact Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive by email at Alastair.macgregor@acha.co.uk or telephone 07801025561, or Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chair of ACHA Board of Management by email roderick.mccuish@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 07884361936

ACHA Goes On Site With New Homes In Tarbert

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has just confirmed that it will be building 4 new homes for affordable rent in Tarbert. The new homes will be located next to the Association’s existing development at Oakhill.

ACHA Completes Its First Passivhaus Housing Development in Garelochhead

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has just completed its first Passivhaus development in Garelochhead. Passivahus is designed to a specification to maximise energy efficiency and reduce fuel cost to a minimum.

The 10 family and special needs homes have been completed at Linn Walk in the centre of the Helensburgh and Lomond village of Garelochhead. The new homes have been built by Helensburgh builders Stewart and Shields.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive commented “In these challenging times it is brilliant to get these homes

completed. It is our first new build to come off site since Covid 19 hit us, an achievement I am really proud of.

Santa Visits ACHA Member in Oban

A Santa impersonator in the form of ACHA’s Alastair MacGregor dropped in on Valerie Weight from Oban with a surprise Christmas hamper. Every year ACHA does a draw for 4 hampers for ACHA members who are £1 shareholders in the charity.

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