First new social housing in Uig for 40 years

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The construction of the first social housing in Uig for more than 40 years was started by Hebridean Housing Partnership this week.

Local Councillor and Comhairle Convener, Norman Macdonald cut the first turf (pictured) he said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the start of construction on these houses which provide much needed opportunities for people to gain secure, quality housing in the area”.

Councillor Norman Macleod, HHP’s development spokesperson said: “It is very pleasing to be able to build in Uig again after such a long time. We thank the Scottish Government and the Comhairle who helped fund the development and particularly thank the Uig and Hamnaway estate and local grazings committee, who were very supportive in making land available for this development”.

Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess said: “These new affordable homes in Uig are a fantastic example of strong partnership working between the Hebridean Housing Partnership, Comhailre Nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government.

“As part of creating a fairer society and to help sustain our rural communities, this Government is committed to expanding social housing.

“Alongside our partners we will continue to invest across the Western Isles so everyone can live in good quality, affordable and sustainable homes.”

The HHP development will be built by Calmax Construction and comprises four houses which will be built to high levels of energy efficiency, including Air Source Heat Pumps.