ARGYLL RECEIVES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

Michael Russell the SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.75 billion Scottish Government investment in affordable housing across Scotland, which includes £50.576m investment in Argyll and Bute.

Councils and house-builders across Scotland’s 32 local authorities will have the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed, for the first time, for the next three years until 2021.

In 2018-19, £532 million will be shared amongst local authorities – rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.

Michael Russell MSP for Argyll and Bute said:

“The announcement that Argyll and Bute will receive £50.576 over the next three years provides the certainty that Argyll and Bute and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensure we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in Argyll and Bute.

“Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our house-building sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.

“The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”

TIREE MEETS WITH THE TRANSPORT & ISLANDS MINISTER  

Tiree

Tiree Community Council, Tiree Development Trust and their local MSP, Michael Russell met with the Minister for Transport and Islands, Humza Yousaf today, Tuesday 24th January in the Scottish Parliament.

The Minister opened the meeting by confirming that he will take up the Community Council’s offer to visit Tiree in early summer.

The Community Council firstly took the opportunity to acknowledge the positive improvements to sea and air transport links they have seen with Transport Scotland. The Minister was able to announce that there will be increased capacity of eight flights to be added to the Glasgow to Tiree route, spread between the Twin Otter aircraft and larger 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. Three more flights normally scheduled for the Twin Otter will be flown by the larger Saab 340s to provide extra seats around the time of the Tiree 10K in April, the Tiree Music Festival in July and the ultra-marathon in September.

Following negotiations with BT the Minister advised that a further green cabinet is to be fitted in Tiree. The go ahead has also been given by planning for the erection of a 4G mast. Housing issues were also raised and Michael Russell MSP confirmed he will write to Argyll & Bute Council about planning permissions for new entrant croft housing.

Following the meeting Tiree Community Council Secretary, Ian Gillies said:

“This was an extremely useful and constructive meeting for the Tiree Community.

 “We were extremely pleased to be given the chance to cover so many issues that are important to Tiree.”

Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute said:

“This meeting was very successful and gave the opportunity for the Minister to hear from the Tiree Community.

 “I look forward to the Ministers visit to the Tiree and hope to join him to follow up the important points raised today.”