Trust marks hous­ing mile­stone in Staf­fin

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE COM­PLE­TION of a house in Flodi­garry, Staf­fin, on the Isle of Skye, marks the 50th home to be de­liv­ered by The Highland Small Com­mu­ni­ties Hous­ing Trust’s ( HSCHT) Rent to Buy scheme.

Us­ing loan funding from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, the in­no­va­tive scheme has pro­vided af­ford­able homes for rent then pur­chase in more than 20 Highland com­mu­ni­ties since it was launched in 2013.

Flodi­garry is a croft­ing town­ship in the north- east of Skye and is fa­mous for once be­ing the home of Flora Mac­Don­ald, who fa­mously helped Bon­nie Prince Charlie evade cap­ture.

HSCHT in­vited the com­mu­nity to sug­gest a new name for the house, which is near Dun Flodi­garry Hos­tel and Flodi­garry Ho­tel. Sev­eral sug­ges­tions were made, most of them in Gaelic, and Flodi­garry’s old­est res­i­dent, Lena Ni­col­son, picked Buail­tean Gorma as her pre­ferred choice.

Min­is­ter for Hous­ing Kevin Ste­wart said: ‘ I’m de­lighted our funding has helped make af­ford­able hous­ing a re­al­ity in this ru­ral area. This lat­est house is a great ex­am­ple of pro­vid­ing a tai­lored so­lu­tion to the needs of in­di­vid­u­als, al­low­ing them to re­main within, and sus­tain, their com­mu­ni­ties.’

The 50 prop­er­ties are spread through­out the High­lands in many lo­ca­tions where main­stream hous­ing op­tions would be un­likely to be pro­vided, in­clud­ing Achar­a­cle, Shiel­d­aig and Bal­macara.

The hous­ing trust’s 50th home.

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