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20/08/13 00:01

Housing Minister visits Argyll and Bute

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess will be in Lochgilphead, Oban and Dunbeg on Tuesday, August 20th and Wednesday, August 21st as part of her Summer Tour programme.

She will visit a number of housing developments run by Fyne Homes, Blue Triangle Housing Association and West Highland Housing Association.

This includes on day one: a visit to Lochgilphead High School Site (Fyne Homes) which comprises of 83 affordable social rented homes and 18 shared equity homes. Following this trip she will visit two Blue Triangle Housing Association developments in Oban, a five bedroom direct access hostel and 15 self-contained temporary accommodation for homeless people.

Day two tour includes: a visit to West Highland Housing Association (Dunbeg) 50 properties on a ‘Rent to Mortgage’ scheme which is supported by a £2 million of investment by the Scottish Government.

Speaking ahead of her visit to Lochgilphead High School and Blue Triangle Association, Oban Mrs Burgess said:

“This project on the site of Lochgilphead High School comprises of three phases totalling 101 homes. Lochgilphead is the main centre of employment in Mid Argyll and has been an area of significant housing pressure for many years. The completion of this significant development will help alleviate the housing pressure in this area through the provision of good sized, affordable, mixed tenure housing.

“Having worked closely with many households who faced the prospect of losing the roof over their head the work of Blue Triangle Association is extremely important.

“Those in need of this support are some of the most vulnerable in our communities. This government is committed to supporting people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are working hard to ensure the needs of this group are met, and that means making sure different services are working together to embrace a preventative approach.

“The Scottish Government’s Housing Options funding programme, already backed by investment of approximately £650,000 and with a further £300,000 committed, has helped local authorities develop this approach and recent falls in recorded homelessness in Scotland show that this is making a real difference.

“But we are far from complacent. We will continue to work together to ensure vital prevention activity continues to result in many more people avoiding entirely the crisis of homelessness.”