First Min­is­ter vis­its the home front

Louise Glen and Steven Rae re­port on the Liv­ing Wage, homes and a mantra that ex­tols a vir­tu­ous tri­umvi­rate

The Oban Times - - News -

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

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