ACHA starts major painting project in Soroba

ACHA Chief Executive, Alastair MacGregor, Councillor Roddy McCuish and Project Leader Margaret Cullen with the AHFA painting team, Jimmy McMahon, Graeme Watt, Stuart Smith and Robert Brown at the launch of the ACHA painting project in Soroba.

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Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has gone on site with a major external painting project in the Soroba housing estate in Oban.

The works which will run over the period from now until March 2020 involves roughcast, windows, facias, soffits, fences and downpipe refurbishment through new paintwork.

The contract is to the value of £150,000 and will cover four blocks – 2 Colonsay Terrace, 9 Colonsay Terrace, 8 Scalpay Terrace and 19
Shuna Terrace. The works are being carried out by Argyll Homes for All, the
association’s subsidiary’s painting team.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive said: ‘I am delighted this contract has now gone on site.

‘It adds to the multi-million pound investment ACHA has already made in Soroba with respect to the internal modernisation of our homes. It complements ACHA’s Exemplar Estates initiative which will prioritise external improvements to the housing association’s housing stock over a five-year period.

Local elected member and secretary of ACHA’s Board, Councillor Roddy
McCuish said: ‘I am really pleased to see this external investment work going into properties in my ward which complements the new build activity that ACHA is currently just completing in its 107 new build project in Glenshellach.

‘Decent, affordable housing is key to the future of Oban and this investment will help protect homes in my ward for the future.’

The Soroba estate was built in the early 1970s to meet huge housing demand
in Oban. It was one of Argyll’s largest council housing projects and the stock transferred to ACHA in 2006. The association owns 172 properties in
Soroba.