The largest social landlord in Argyll and Bute is to spend a record £8.2 million in energy efficiency works in its homes in 2014-15.
Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has already issued contracts in Islay, Oban, Bute, Cowal, Helensburgh and Dunbeg for roof renewal, insulation and external roughcasting.
The Bute work will be carried out by Dunoon-based firm Stewart McNee Limited and will seeessential roof, roughcast and energy efficiency improvements to properties located in Ardbeg Road, Longhill Terrace, Bush Avenue, Bush Road, Eden Drive and Columshill Place in Rothesay and in Bute Terrace and Kames Terrace in Port Bannatyne.
The association also received good news from the Scottish Government that it will receive £195,000 in grant through the Green Homes Cashback Scheme. This will allow a further 30 homes to be added to the existing programme of works.
Following a visit to the works on 51 homes in Dunbeg, Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted to see the advanced level of works in the village. The rendering work in particular makes our properties look brand new. I hope our tenants will see the benefit in years to come through warmer homes and reduced energy bills.”
Oban councillor Roddy McCuish, who is also secretary of ACHA’s board of management, added: “I am delighted that ACHA has been able to secure this extra funding from the Scottish Government.
“This confirms ACHA’s commitment as a Landlord working in partnership with others, to improve their tenant’s well-being. This will lead to warmer homes and reduced energy bills for our tenants as well as improving the appearance of the properties. Congratulations to everyone involved in securing this funding.”