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ARGYLL Community Housing Association, ACHA, welcomed Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to Oban.
The First Minister visited the association’s offices at Menzies House where she met tenants, staff and the association’s chairman, Mike Brown.
The First Minister then visited the association’s new-build development completed recently at Catalina Avenue in Oban where she spent time with Andy and Euphemia Birnie, who welcomed her into their new home.
Nicola Sturgeon was also briefed on the next phase of housing to be built by the association at Catalina Avenue, which started on site in July and will provide 17 one, three and four-bedroom homes to add to the 40 already completed.
Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, commented: ‘The First Minister was keen to see the partnership working between the Scottish government and ACHA which is delivering new homes to meet housing need in Oban.
‘We were pleased that she was able to take the time from a busy schedule to meet tenants, staff and voluntary board members to see the partnership delivery on the ground.’
He further added: ‘ The visit also gave us the opportunity to brief the First Minister on the establishment of the association’s welfare rights information project which has recently been awarded £196,000 from the Scottish government to provide advice and assistance to the association’s tenants.’
HOME COMFORTS: Nicola Sturgeon visits Andy and Euphemia Birnie in their new home at Catalina Avenue in Oban