AR­GYLL

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

and Bute Coun­cil has this week said it will likely scrap the 10 per cent dis­count it cur­rently of­fers sec­ond home own­ers in the re­gion.

The move will no doubt be a blow to many as there are a lot of sec­ond homes in the area – for­mer fam­ily homes that are now used only for fam­i­lies re­turn­ing to the re­gion for hol­i­days, or prop­er­ties bought as hol­i­day lets.

How­ever, the move is es­ti­mated to raise £ 380,000 for af­ford­able hous­ing in the re­gion and that has to be a good thing. We need to of­fer de­cent, af­ford­able homes to al­low us to at­tract more young fam­i­lies to the re­gion and to en­sure those young peo­ple who want to stay can do so.

With Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fund­ing ex­pected to be cut and the coun­cil’s bud­get set to be un­der even more pres­sure, hard de­ci­sions need to be made, but this may be one small so­lu­tion that will help the coun­cil pro­vide new homes in Ar­gyll.

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