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ACHA opens first new build homes on the Island of Coll

Argyll Community Housing Association, ACHA, has just officially opened its first new build homes on the Island of Coll. The two unit development comprises of a two and three bedroom family accommodation. The two new homes will complement the 9 existing ACHA properties on the island which were built in the 1960s.

The development was built by MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead with funding from Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA to an overall project value of £505,000.

The official opening was carried out by Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Communities, Housing, Islands and Gaelic, at Argyll and Bute Council.

Game on for Grenfell

Local housing services will come together on the football pitch to help those who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Teams from ACHA (Argyll Community Housing Association) and Argyll and Bute Council will kick off at 4.00pm on Friday 28 July, at the all-weather sports pitch at Lochgilphead Joint Campus, in a 90-minute fundraising match for Grenfell Tower residents.

The teams will be captained by respective Chief Executives Cleland Sneddon for Argyll and Bute Council and Alastair MacGregor for ACHA.

ACHA Tackles Anti Social Behaviour

Argyll Community Housing Association was recently successful in obtaining an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) against a member of the public who regularly visited the village of Kilcreggan and acted in an anti-social manner. This included being disorderly, shouting and swearing at residents.

The conduct of the individual was such that it caused nuisance, fear and alarm to members of the community. Officers from ACHA worked with residents to build up a case history file which was a key piece of evidence in court. The outcome was the issuing of an ASBO which prevents the perpetrator acting in such a manner again.

ACHA Makes its First Awards in the 10 10 10 Initiative

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has just completed its evaluation of the first applications from Argyll and Bute Schools to the 10 10 10 Initiative.

This initiative was launched in November 2016 to commemorate ACHA’s 10 years as a housing association with a 10 year bequest of £10,000 per year to support initiatives in Argyll schools brought forward by pupils.

The first awards have gone to Tiree High School, Tarbert Academy, Port Ellen and Bowmore Primaries on Islay, Rockfield Primary, Oban, Iona Primary on Iona, Kirn Primary, Cowal, Lochdonhead Primary on Mull and Achaleven Primary in Connel.

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.