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ACHA Opens its First Homes in Kilmartin with Scotland’s Oldest Councillor Donnie MacMillan

Argyll Community Housing Association has just completed its first new build development in the village of Kilmartin, just north of Lochgilphead. The official opening was carried out by Mid Argyll Councillor, Donnie MacMillan BEM who is thought to be Scotland’s oldest serving Councillor at 92.

The Association, prior to building these four homes, only had one property for rent in the village. The development, in terms of design and mix, is semi-detached/terraced and all properties are two bedroom. The total cost of the project was £671,898, including the land acquisition. Funding for the development was a three-way partnership involving the Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA. The construction period lasted exactly one year and the properties were built by MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive, commented

“ACHA is committed to meeting housing need in small villages in rural Argyll. It is absolutely vital that affordable housing for rent is available in villages like Kilmartin and this handover today follows on from similar projects in Tarbert, Connel, Arinagour and Inveraray.”

He further added

“We are also on site in the neighbouring village of Cairnbaan, and we look forward to getting 5 homes completed there in March.”

Councillor Donnie MacMillan added

“I am delighted with the progress ACHA has made over the years in building so many houses for so many housing needs, and I am really pleased to open these four new homes in Kilmartin today “

Photo: Councillor Donnie MacMillan cuts the ribbon to open ACHA’s new homes in Kilmartin, assisted by new tenant Mr John Munro and ACHA’s Chairman Jim Milne.