MP praises those in­volved in pro­vid­ing vil­lage’s new homes

The Oban Times - - News -

TEN homes have been com­pleted by Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) in Con­nel.

The devel­op­ment pro­vides a mix­ture of fam­ily homes for rent and will be named after the late Harry Pow­ell, who died this year and was a stal­wart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, giv­ing more than 50 years vol­un­tary ser­vice to the vil­lage.

Harry’s se­lec­tion came from the lo­cal chil­dren at the Achaleven Pri­mary School in the vil­lage in recog­ni­tion of his work for the com­mu­nity. The 10 homes were of­fi­cially opened by Brendan O’Hara, MP for Ar­gyll and Bute, along with chil­dren from the school.

The devel­op­ment was built by Ma­cLeod Con­struc­tion Ltd of Lochgilp­head and around 35 trades­men, in­clud­ing ap­pren­tices, were em­ployed on the site. Fund­ing for the devel­op­ment, which cost £1.5 mil­lion, came from the Scot­tish Govern­ment, ACHA and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘I am hugely hon­oured to be asked to open this devel­op­ment and I’m de­lighted to see more af­ford­able qual­ity homes be­come avail­able for lo­cal peo­ple.

‘Not only do we now have fur­ther lo­cal hous­ing but it was also built by home­grown tal­ent. This is ex­actly the kind of ini­tia­tive we will hope­fully see more of in the fu­ture for Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘And a huge well done to ACHA for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing yet another batch of new hous­ing and for work­ing in part­ner­ship with both the Scot­tish Govern­ment and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil for the ben­e­fit of our lo­cal peo­ple.’

Brendan O’Hara MP open­ing ACHA’s new homes at Pow­ell Place in Con­nel with pupils from Achaleven Pri­mary School and new ten­ants.

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