Work is due to recommence on the construction of eight flats for affordable rent at the former Police Station, Tarbert, Harris in early October 2020, Hebridean Housing Partenership says today (Wednesday September 30)
This project was suspended in September 2019 due to the non-performance of the previous contractor.
John Maciver, Director of Operations for HHP, said: "Whilst the actions of the previous contractor were most regrettable, we remain acutely aware of the importance of this development to bring much needed additional housing to Tarbert and we have worked with our partners at TIG, Torrance Partnership, colleagues in the Scottish Government and the newly appointed contractor, Alec Murray Construction, to ensure this project can go ahead as quickly as possible; we are grateful for their support to recommence these works.
"Progress of the development was also set back by the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lock down, but the housing is currently expected to be available by June 2021, subject to any change to the current guidance for construction projects. The development will consist of 8 x 2 bedroom flats and will benefit from air source heating.
"In addition to these new homes in Tarbert, there is also one remaining 2 bedroom Shared Equity property available at Pairc Niseaboist, Harris. This shared equity scheme designed to help people who would be unable to buy a new build house without assistance.
"Priority will be given to first time buyers, people living in social housing, armed forces or veterans, widows/widowers, disabled people, people living in private rented housing and people aged over 60.