Name sought for new Skye housing development

Work at the site with Garafad and Clachan townships in the background. NO F47 Staffin housing

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A North Skye community is being asked to name a new housing, health and economic development.

Work on the community-led project at Stenscholl in Staffin started in August and tenants will move into the six affordable houses, health centre and two business units in 2021.

The contractor, Skye-based James MacQueen Builders, is starting on the foundations for the properties this week after the site was cleared of peat.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) and partners, the Communities Housing Trust (CHT) and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA), are now seeking suggestions for the site’s name, which will be in Gaelic.

The site lies next to the Kilmartin River, near Sgoil Stafainn, and looks onto the Trotternish Ridge, including Beinn Edra.

SCT is looking for a name which is relevant to the development area. Extensive peat cutting would have been carried out at the site in the past and Blàr na Mònadh may have been a name used.

An area south of the site was known as An Leacainn and the nearby river pools were Linne a Chaisteil, in reference to the fishing weir, and Linne a Chaibeil, owing to its location near the graveyard.

Suggestions should be made to SCT by 5pm on Tuesday December 1.

Prizes will be awarded for the best three suggestions with the final decision on the name taken by a group of older Staffin residents. The preferred name will then be submitted to Highland Council’s corporate gazetteer service for its approval.

The last affordable housing development built in Staffin more than 20 years ago was on the site of the former school and it was named Ceàrn Roghail.

SCT formed a partnership with the CHS and LSHA six years ago to develop the long-awaited project to provide housing for families and young people priced out of the property market and increase the school roll. The intention is to lease the health centre to NHS Highland and the commercial units to local businesses.

SCT’s project funders include LEADER, the Rural Housing Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the SSE Sustainable Development Fund and the Quaker Housing Trust. A crowdfunding campaign raised more than £7,0000, with the acclaimed Gaelic singer Alasdair Gillies personally donating £3,000.

SCT was also grateful for a short-term guarantor loan from Highland Council which allowed the contractor to be appointed earlier this year.

 

 

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Work at the site with Garafad and Clachan townships in the background.

NO F47 Staffin housing