COMMUNITY TRUST LAUNCH FUNDRAISING APPEAL FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mull and Iona Community Trust has marked the occasion of its AGM to launch a fundraising appeal for a new affordable housing project. Despite the success of the recent completion of 2 rental houses, ongoing feasibility work has confirmed there is a continued shortage of housing options at Ulva Ferry, which impacts on the sustainability of the community, the primary school roll, and the ability of local businesses to thrive and expand.
MICT, working with Ulva School Community Association, has ambitious plans to build 4 more houses on two sites at Ulva Ferry, one of which was recently purchased via a grant from the Scottish Land Fund. While budget is a top priority, build costs are inflated in rural, island locations and there are added infrastructure costs, such as installing private water supplies.
Housing Project Officer, Helen MacDonald, explains, ‘Ulva Ferry, and Mull in general, have a distinct shortage of secure, affordable, year-round accommodation. We are committed to delivering high quality, low energy housing which will offer tenants affordable rents, secure tenancies and low heating bills. While we will be applying for grant and loan funding to cover the majority of the project costs, we would be grateful for any donations, which will be directly spent on build costs.’
Donations to the housing project can be made online at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/ulvaferryhousingphase2, or by sending cheques payable to ‘Mull and Iona Community Trust’ to An Roth, Craignure, Isle of Mull, PA65 6AY.
For more details about the housing project, or if you are interesting in renting one of the planned houses, please contact Helen MacDonald on 01680 812 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.