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A special housewarming party will help the community of Pairc to celebrate Community Land Week on Wednesday (14thAugust).

The event will also create a welcome for the two families who are to become tenants in the new community-owned houses at Cearn Aonghais, which have been converted from disused buildings over the past few months.

From 10thto 18thAugust community groups across Scotland will be celebrating the steps they took to take ownership of land and assets in their areas and the benefits which have derived for the people as a result. 45 projects will be celebrating this year, more than three times as many as in 2018.  Community Land Week is organised by Community Land Scotland in partnership with Scottish Government.

As part of the week, the Pairc Trust are holding a housewarming event to celebrate the completion of their community housing project.

The trust bought the disused building from the Comhairle, with help from the Scottish Land Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and have brought it back to life as two warm and energy-efficient new homes, to rent at an affordable rate.

The renovation work was funded by the Rural Housing Islands Fund, Outer Hebrides LEADER and the Western Isles Development Trust, and carried out by local firm O’Mac Construction. Tighean Innse Gall have supported the Pairc Trust as project managers and will now act as the letting agent.

Linsay Chalmers, development manager for Community Land Scotland said: “When communities purchase the land on which their people live and work, they have the tools to reinvigorate their areas and improve the prospects of future generations.”

The Pairc Trust would like to see more new housing being created, with the two properties at Gravir attracting interest from tenants even before renovation work started.

The trust believes any new houses would soon be filled if they were built.