The Ulva Ferry Housing Project has received a significant boost with the news of an award of £777,855.94 towards the build costs of four houses from the Scottish Government’s Rural & Islands Housing Fund. Thanks to a further grant of £48,000 from Argyll & Bute Council’s Strategic Housing Fund, a mortgage from Ecology Building Society and many individual donations, a full funding package has now been secured.
Working with Ulva School Community Association (USCA), the project will see 2 x two bedroom and 2 x three bedroom houses built at Ulva Ferry, which will be offered for secure long-term let at an affordable rate to those in housing need locally, using an allocation policy agreed by community members. The aim is to appoint our contractor this summer, and for the houses to be completed by April 2021, ready for tenants to move in soon after.
Housing Project Officer Helen MacDonald commented, ‘we are absolutely delighted to receive these grant offers from both the Scottish Government and Argyll & Bute Council. The provision of affordable housing is key to securing wider social and economic benefits for the community as a whole, and just four new houses at Ulva Ferry will ensure there are more pupils in the primary school, more working age adults to support the very local economy, and a stronger community overall.’
With the funding package now secured and the contractor working hard behind the scenes on planning applications and preparatory work, the project is in a strong position to be completed within the scheduled timescale. The need for affordable, secure housing will never diminish on Mull, and MICT are committed to working with local communities across the island to help develop plans and deliver housing projects.
For more details about the housing project, or if you want to discuss affordable housing issues anywhere on Mull and Iona, please contact Helen MacDonald on 01680 812 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICT are delighted to receive a grant of £18,000 from the Prince’s Countryside Fund in their most recent round of Rural Four funding, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Rural Four aims to support communities in the British countryside cope with isolation and its related issues, with a focus on connecting residents and encouraging the development of community hubs.
The grant for Mull and Iona Community Trust will build on an existing project to part fund a Housing Project Officer, overseeing the development of four new houses for long term affordable rent in Ulva Ferry, on the Isle of Mull. MICT aims to work with the local community to ensure that key decisions at all stages of the project are made by community members, from design through to allocation.
Mull and Iona Community Trust General Manager, Moray Finch, commented, “We are delighted to receive this grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which will enable our Housing Project Officer to take forward plans to deliver four houses for long-term affordable rent at Ulva Ferry on the rural west coast of the Isle of Mull”.
Community member Josh Liddle, added, “Four houses might not seem much, but in our small community these much-needed new homes will ensure there are more pupils in our primary school, more working age adults to boost local employment and a stronger community overall. This support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund will ensure we can make our plans a reality.”
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open for grant applications until February 21st 2019. Grants of up to £25,000 are available to support community shop and pub projects in rural areas, or grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects that improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses or support building resilience in rural areas.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 and aims to enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life. We believe that the British countryside is our most valuable natural asset and its contribution to our everyday life cannot be underestimated.