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Five new homes were declared officially open on the west coast of Lewis yesterday (Friday June 9)

Hebridean Housing Partnership stated: "Today we opened five new homes four at Leana Ruadh, Timsgarry and one at Eireastadh following the conversion of the care unit. All homes have three bedrooms providing opportunities for young families and helping to sustain the local community and school roll.

"This was a developer led project with Calmax Construction bringing forward the proposal and building the new homes.  These are the first houses completed since the introduction of new standards requiring sprinkler systems in each home."

Ruth Mason, one of the tenants said: “We are very happy with our new home, thank you to all involved, I am delighted that I am able to move back into the area I grew up in.”

A spokesperson for HHP said: “These homes demonstrate our continued commitment to try and protect our communities and to provide opportunities for families to remain in, or to move into, our most rural areas. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for their financial support and assistance with the project.”

Minister for Housing, Paul McLennan said:“These homes will provide huge benefit to the local community, bringing or retaining families to the area and helping sustain this part of Uig, in the Western Isles. Supported by significant funding from the Scottish Government, this is a clear example of delivering affordable homes in our islands.

These homes add to our commitment to deliver 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, of which at least 70% will be for social rent and 10% in remote, rural and island communities.”

 A spokesperson for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “It is very pleasing to see another new HHP development being handed over in a rural area. These five  new homes will have a very positive impact on the Uig community, particularly towards population growth.

"We commend HHP and the contractor for a very fine project and are pleased that the Comhairle was able to support this development as part of the Affordable Housing Programme."

Caption: from left,  Donald John MacLennan (HHP), Iain Watson (CnES), Dena MacLeod (HHP), Maxine Clews (HHP), Donald MacKay (CalMax), Roddy Finlayson (CalMax), Ruth Mason (Tenant), Alasdair Allan (MSP) and Sawan Morrison (HHP).