Qual­ity houses are badly needed in Oban

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Through your col­umns could I com­ment on your ar­ti­cle on the new homes ap­proved for Glen­shel­lach in The Oban

Times (De­cem­ber 22). Could I first of all thank the 121 peo­ple who wrote let­ters of sup­port for Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ACHA) plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for six new homes. They stand side by side with those who des­per­ately need hous­ing in this town and the qual­ity con­struc­tion jobs that go with it.

I couldn’t help but no­tice an ob­jec­tor’s cri­tique of ACHA’s homes as ‘low qual­ity’. If the party con­cerned could con­tact me, I would be happy to show him or her the homes that the Rev­erend Du­gald Cameron of­fi­cially opened in Glen­shel­lach last week. They are large, well-spaced, four-bed­room fam­ily homes. They are fit­ted with air-source heat pumps for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, with kitchens you can sit down to a fam­ily meal in and ad­di­tional util­ity rooms to meet the grow­ing fam­ily’s needs. The gardens are also of such a sub­stan­tial size to al­low par­ents a space to play safely with young chil­dren.

At a per­sonal level, I have been touched by the thanks and the good­will ex­pressed to me by the fam­i­lies that have moved in and they are de­lighted with their new homes. With the great­est re­spect, they are the most im­por­tant par­ties in this equa­tion.

As I said at the open­ing last week, ACHA’s work will not be done un­til we pro­vide the homes that are needed for fam­i­lies in Oban and else­where who are liv­ing in in­se­cure, in­ad­e­quate and bad hous­ing.

We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing with that am­bi­tion in 2017. Alas­tair MacGre­gor, Chief ex­ec­u­tive, ACHA.

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