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Housing Minister Opens Mackenzie Lane

Mackenzie Lane, which is the third phase of affordable housing at Mackenzie Park, was opened today by Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart. This brings the total number of completed houses at Mackenzie Park to 81, of which 51 are for affordable rent.

Calum Mackay Vice Chair of HHP’s Board said: “Our vision is to ‘Make our house your home’ and funding of £5.4m from the Scottish Government and £300K from the Comhairle has enabled us to provide 81 new houses which our tenants and owners have been able to make their home. Building new houses is not just about achieving targets it is ultimately about making a tangible difference for people in the Outer Hebrides by providing somewhere they can call ‘home’, as well as making a considerable contribution to maintaining employment in the construction industry. We have been delighted with the quality of homes built by Cal Max Construction. Each home includes high levels of insulation, high performance double glazed windows and air source heating. Cal Max Construction also provided a new bus shelter as part of the community benefit clause in their contract.”

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, said: “Everyone in Scotland should have a safe and warm place to call home and I’m delighted that our investment has helped to make affordable housing a reality at Mackenzie Lane in Sandwick. This development represents a significant investment and increase in housing for the Western Isles, with the provision of 131 homes on completion of the final phase and Scottish Government grant funding totalling £9.4 million. It has also made a positive impact on the local community through creating jobs and is a great example of how partnership working can deliver high quality homes to suit the needs of people and families, allowing them to remain within their communities.”

Cllr Kenny John Macleod, Chair of the Comhairle’s Communities and Housing Committee, said: “The Comhairle welcomes completion of the latest phase at Mackenzie Park and the investment by all partners concerned. I also look forward to working with HHP to capture the opportunity that additional Scottish Government funding will bring over the next three years. I hope that we can work in partnership to build more affordable housing the length and breadth of our islands and also create a housing land bank for future years.”

From Left to Right:
Matthew Hebditch, Development Officer Tighean Innse Gall; Norman M Macleod, HHP Board Member; Alasdair Mackenzie, HHP Board Member; Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive –
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar; Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing; Calum Mackay, HHP Vice Chair; Norman A Macdonald, Convenor Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar;
Dena Macleod, HHP Chief Executive; and Iain Watson Housing Services Manager.

The final phase of 50 houses which will be called Mackenzie Avenue is underway and is expected to be complete by September 2019. This phase will be funded by £5.4m from Scottish Government and £216K from the Comhairle and will mark a turning point as all of the homes have been designed exclusively for HHP. The house style, layouts and external finishes have been designed to reflect the aspirations of HHP and our tenants to create something that’s a little bit different and will signal a new, fresh approach to social housing design in the Outer Hebrides.

Glen and Elaine Kew 14 Mackenzie Lane with Kevin Stewart.