Hebridean Housing Partnership's existing scheme at Tom Na Ba, Galson has been complemented by four new homes, which were officially opened by Alasdair Allan MSP on Monday 12 November.
Alasdair Allan said, “It was great to visit Katie in her new house today, and was an honour to declare all four new houses at Tom na Ba officially open.
"These are high quality houses of just the kind that there is a huge need for in the islands, not least in rural areas.
"The Scottish Government have provided major funding to build the houses here, and it was a good example of the Scottish Government, the Comhairle and HHP working together.
"With very significant Scottish Government funding for housing on the table, I hope we will now see more families throughout the islands get the new homes they need to ensure our communities thrive. Meanwhile, I congratulate the families in Tom na Ba on their new homes.”
Councillor Kenny John Macleod said “I am doubly pleased to see four more new houses at Tom na Ba. Firstly as one of the local Members for An Taobh Siar Agus Nis Ward, I am delighted to see another high quality HHP development in the area.
"And secondly, as Chair of the Comhairle’s Communities and Housing Committee, I am very pleased to see HHP’s continued commitment to providing housing in rural areas.
"Affordable housing in the rural parts of the islands, such as here in Galson, has a substantial positive impact on fragile communities. I look forward to our continued partnership with HHP to deliver new rural homes”
HHP Chairman, Norman Macleod said “It is a pleasure to attend the official opening of another successful HHP rural development and meet the tenants in their new homes. This demonstrates HHP’s commitment to providing good quality affordable housing throughout the Outer Hebrides.”
Katrina Rowlands, HHP’s Development Manager said “HHP are delighted that these houses, built by Alex Murray Construction, provide additional homes in Galson complementing the existing Tom na Ba development.
"The Scottish Government funded £381,000 of the £586,000 cost of the development. Our officers continue to identify suitable land across the whole of the Outer Hebrides for our ongoing Development Programme in order to maximise the potential of available Scottish Government funding.”
Pictured, from left : Iain Watson (Housing Services Manager, CnES), Kenny John Macleod (local Member for the An Taobh Siar Agus Nis Ward and Chair of the Communities and Housing Committee), Dena Macleod (Chief Executive, HHP), Alasdair Allan MSP (SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar), Norman Macleod (Chairman, HHP), Katie Marzella (HHP tenant), John Mackay (HHP Board Member and local Member for the An Taobh Siar Agus Nis Ward), Alex Murray (Alex Murray Construction), Kenneth Macleod (local Member for the An Taobh Siar Agus Nis Ward), Neil Macritchie (Alex Murray Construction)