Moving moments at Stewart Way

New tenant Rachael Cameron is delighted with her new home. Also pictured are Danielle MacEwan (WHHA Housing Assistant), Linda Houston (WHHA vice-chair) and Gerry Boyle (WHHA chair).

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Moves were afoot in Dunbeg last week as 30 families took up residence in Oban and Lorn’s newest housing estate thanks to affordable housing developed as part of a wider masterplan which seeks to improve the local community.

The completion of these homes is a key milestone in phase three of the Dunbeg project, which will see the delivery of 260 homes for general needs affordable rent and 40 for New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) sale.

Funded in partnership by Link, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council, the homes are managed by West Highland Housing Association (WHHA) and members of the board visited Stewart Way last Thursday to welcome some of the new tenants.

Chairman Gerry Boyle said: ‘This is great news for everyone involved in delivering this project – the Scottish Government, Link Group, Argyll and Bute Council and MacLeod Construction, with all the other contractors.

‘This is one of the largest developments in recent years in Argyll in terms of numbers of properties being built and in terms of money – over £60m – and it is great to see 30 families move into these new houses.’

One of the tenants moving in was Rachael Cameron who was featured in the Oban Times in January this year when fearing that the damp problem in her High Street flat was beginning to threaten the health of her one-year-old son Jayden Aitken.

Since the article the housing association have began to rectify the situation but the mother of one had already made the decision to move and was delighted to be offered one of the new houses.

‘It will totally change our lives,’ she told us.

‘We now have a warm, dry house with a lovely garden and even have a ‘dog cave’ for our black lab Luna.

‘The houses are great and there is a real sense of community already as we all move in and get to know each other. It’s a real forever home and we are very happy.’

Another tenant said: ‘I love the design and the location, it’s very bright and my family will be a lot happier here.

‘It’s perfect for my son and daughter and will really help improve our mental health.’

Greig MacLeod, right, and Stuart MacDonald from MacLeod Construction Ltd join Head teacher Marny McCulloch and her P3/2 class along with WHHA board members at the Dubeg Primary School gazebo.

During their visit on Friday WHHA board members also visited Dunbeg Primary School where the primary 3/2 class were keen to show off their new gazebo donated and built by MacLeod Construction Ltd and their partners.

Head teacher, Marny McCulloch said: ‘The gazebo is a wonderful addition to our school grounds and will really benefit the children, particularly during their outdoor learning activities.

‘I’d like to thank MacLeods for their very kind donation. The gazebo will be put to very good use.’