Ulva Ferry homes pro­ject on ru­ral awards short­list

The Oban Times - - News -

THE ULVA Ferry hous­ing pro­ject on Mull is one of three projects short­listed for a Ru­ral In­no­va­tors Award 2015-16.

Hous­ing pro­ject man­ager at Ulva, He­len Mac­Don­ald, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to be nom­i­nated for this award, which recog­nises all the hard work of the Ulva Ferry com­mu­nity in mak­ing af­ford­able, com­mu­nity- owned hous­ing a re­al­ity in this re­mote area. The in­no­va­tive houses will be the first pas­sive house de­signed build­ings on the is­land and will be the cat­a­lyst to en­sur­ing the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of Ulva Ferry.’

The Ru­ral In­no­va­tors Awards are run by the Scot­tish Ru­ral Par­lia­ment and seek to recog­nise and show­case some of the most in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive ways in which ru­ral chal­lenges can be ad­dressed.

The awards will go to projects, in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions which are im­prov­ing life in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties by tack­ling one of the pri­or­ity chal­lenges.

There are 12 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing; com­mu­ni­ca­tion, land, com­mu­nity coun­cil, young peo­ple and trans­port.

Scot­tish Ru­ral Par­lia­ment na­tional co- or­di­na­tor Emma Cooper said: ‘Some in­cred­i­ble projects were nom­i­nated for the awards in this cat­e­gory and we would en­cour­age peo­ple to vote for the one they find most in­no­va­tive and in­spi­ra­tional.’

The win­ner of each cat­e­gory will re­ceive a paid-for place at the sec­ond Scot­tish Ru­ral Par­lia­ment event next year and will be given the op­por­tu­nity to present their pro­ject to the par­tic­i­pants.

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