Green light for new funds

Loans of up to £32,500 avail­able for energy efficiency im­prove­ments and re­new­able tech­nolo­gies

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Bev­er­ley Brown

HOME­OWN­ERS are be­ing given help to run their prop­er­ties more ef­fi­ciently, or to in­tro­duce re­new­able tech­nolo­gies, thanks to a new in­ter­est-free loan scheme.

Loans of up to £32,500 will be avail­able through The Home Energy Scot­land Loan Scheme – which was launched on May 2.

A to­tal £34 mil­lion in fund­ing is avail­able to owner-oc­cu­piers and pri­vate land­lords to in­stall energy efficiency mea­sures, such as ex­ter­nal or in­ter­nal wall in­su­la­tion, dou­ble glaz­ing, boil­ers, warm air units and other forms of re­new­able tech­nol­ogy that can be used in the home. Call 0808 808 2282 or visit www.en­er­gysav­ingtrust.org.uk/home-en­er­gyscot­land-loan for fur­ther de­tails.

‘Dust will set­tle’ on mar­ket

THE lat­est quar­terly hous­ing sta­tis­tics pub­lished by Reg­is­ters of Scot­land for the pe­riod Jan­uary to March 2017, re­veal av­er­age house prices in Scot­land have in­creased 5.5 per cent com­pared to the same quar­ter in 2016, while the vol­ume of sales also rose. Look­ing at the an­nual change for the quar­ter in lo­cal author­ity areas, there are some marked highs and lows; gains in­clude Clack­man­nan­shire up 29.6 per cent, East Dun­bar­ton­shire 26.4 per cent and Falkirk 25.6 per cent. How­ever, av­er­age prices in the Orkney Is­lands have de­creased by 29.4 per cent and in East Ayr­shire by 10.4 per cent.

Com­ment­ing on the find­ings, Si­mon Brown, part­ner and head of res­i­den­tial sales at CKD Gal­braith, says: “Whilst the win­ter months and first quar­ter of the year have tra­di­tion­ally been held as a less favourable time to sell, the steady in­crease in sales re­ported by Reg­is­ters of Scot­land shows that in gen­eral, house buy­ers were not put off dur­ing the colder months. Our fig­ures mir­ror this and re­flect the fact that sell­ers now reap the ben­e­fits of a 12-month mar­ket and should not wait un­til spring and sum­mer to sell.”

He adds: “Look­ing ahead, we ex­pect to see a num­ber of changes to the Scot­tish prop­erty mar­ket. As is typ­i­cally the case in gen­eral elec­tion years, we an­tic­i­pate the un­cer­tainty caused may slow ac­tiv­ity in the weeks lead­ing up to June 8, how­ever, the mar­ket will, we be­lieve, pick up again and con­tinue grow­ing once the dust has set­tled.”

New tal­ent pipe­line

CALA Homes (West) has part­nered with The Prince’s Trust and City of Glasgow Col­lege to de­liver an ini­tia­tive that aims to pro­vide dis­ad­van­taged un­em­ployed young peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new skills and ac­quire hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

To date, 12 peo­ple have suc­cess­fully se­cured ap­pren­tice­ships af­ter com­plet­ing a Get Into Con­struc­tion course run by the Trust in con­junc­tion with CALA and City of Glasgow Col­lege. CALA spokesper­son An­gus Mur­ray, com­mented: “The in­dus­try needs new tal­ent if we are to ad­dress the na­tional short­age in skilled trades and to have had such a pos­i­tive re­sponse to the scheme from the trainees, CALA em­ploy­ees and sub­con­trac­tors is fan­tas­tic.” Ayr­shire graces MY prop­erty find of the week is a real charmer. Re­treat Cot­tage is a pic­turesque B-listed Vic­to­rian cot­tage in the pop­u­lar Ayr­shire vil­lage of Fen­wick, only a short drive from Glasgow via the nearby M77.

The house is aptly named, hav­ing been con­structed in the mid-19th cen­tury as a re­tire­ment home for Cap­tain Michael Nel­son, a vet­eran of the Scots Dra­goon Guards who fought at the Bat­tle of Water­loo and is buried in the vil­lage graveyard.

Re­treat Cot­tage has been ren­o­vated to in­clude a mod­ern kitchen with Ray­burn, din­ing room, liv­ing room (both with open fires), dou­ble bed­room and con­tem­po­rary wet room. Up­stairs are two large dormer bed­rooms – master with en-suite shower room, while bed­room two ex­tends 24ft. Land­scaped gar­dens and a garage add to the ap­peal. Re­treat Cot­tage is a gem – for sale with CKD Gal­braith in Ayr at of­fers over £260,000.

Char­ity sup­port

BELLWAY Homes has do­nated £300 to Spina Bi­fida Hy­dro­cephalus Scot­land, which needs to raise over £1 mil­lion per year to pro­vide spe­cial­ist sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to those with spina bi­fida, hy­dro­cephalus and re­lated con­di­tions.

Fraser Conn, Bellway’s sales direc­tor in Scot­land, pre­sented a cheque to Chan­tal Carr, the char­ity’s cor­po­rate fundraiser.

RARE TREAT: A pic­turesque ex­te­rior but fully mod­ernised in­side.

HARD HATS OFF: CALA Homes (West) ap­pren­tices cel­e­brate at Dul­latur Greens in Cum­ber­nauld.

HELP­ING HAND: Spina Bi­fida Hy­dro­cephalus re­ceives £300 from Bellway Homes.

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