One of the first steps taken to reverse population decline

Pictured are Iain Watson, Housing Services Manager Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Jen Ellis, Pairc Trust Development Manager at the presentation of the report on the survey.
Pictured are Iain Watson, Housing Services Manager Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Jen Ellis, Pairc Trust Development Manager at the presentation of the report on the survey.
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The Pairc Trust on South-East Lewis has recently completed a Housing Needs Analysis of the Pairc Estate.

The Trust completed the purchase of the Estate on behalf of the community in December 2015, and has a long term vision to reverse a century of population decline in South Lochs, by providing additional local jobs, affordable housing and improved community facilities to improve the quality of life for all residents.

The Trust is convinced that additional social and affordable housing in Pairc is key to reversing population decline, encouraging a more balanced age structure, and achieving the community’s social and economic goals for the area.

The Trust is thankful to all members of the community who contributed to the study, and grateful to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for their assistance with analysing the results.

Iain Watson, Housing Services Manager for the Comhairle, said: ‘We are very pleased to be presented with the findings of Pairc Trust’s Housing Needs Report.

“The information gathered from the Pairc community will be very useful in assisting the Comhairle develop its next Local Housing Strategy.

“This community’s support for Affordable Housing is very obvious from the results of the Report and we look forward to working with Pairc Trust in the coming years to look at new housing opportunities.”

The Report indicates that the local community is very supportive of a small development of affordable housing in the Estate, either to rent or to buy.