Vandalism at new HHP development


The HHP development at Gibson Gardens, Stornoway, which is nearing completion, was targeted by vandals at the weekend.

On Saturday night (18th August) Police received reports of damage to the new houses beside Ripley Place.

Vandalism inside the new development included paint being thrown, varnish sprayed and silicon guns used to damage the property and electrical points.

Two juveniles were ‘caught in the act’ by Police Officers who attended the scene.

It has been confirmed a report will go to the Children’s Panel.

A spokesperson for the Hebridean Housing Partnership explained: “Vandalism at Gibson Gardens was minor.”

He added: “We do not believe that any significant costs is involved.”

It was just last month that the site was visited by the Minister for Housing & Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP on a visit to Stornoway.

She marked the occasion and began the landscaping of the development by planting a tree.

Ms Burgress also took the opportunity to mark the Housing Partnership’s milestone of having reached the target of building 275 houses by 2016, ahead of schedule.

The 24 house development at the former Gibson Hostel site was faced with a setback in May last year following the collapse of the UBC Group Ltd.

However the project is now nearing completion after Lewis Builders Ltd were appointed to take over the build in September last year.