STAFFIN residents are being invited to suggest a name for a new house currently being built in one of the district’s well-known crofting townships.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) is constructing a three-bedroom affordable home in Flodigarry and is seeking ideas from the local community for a suitable name.
The Staffin Community Trust and Flodigarry Township Trust’s preference would be for a Gaelic name, which would have some meaning to the locality in which the house lies. It is close to the Dun Flodigarry Hostel, the “Horse Park” and Flodigarry Hotel.
HSCHT works with communities in the region to help them meet their needs for additional affordable housing. It advertised the three-bedroom house’s availability for “Rent to Buy” last month and has been delighted to receive several applications. This scheme could offer first time buyers the opportunity to rent for five years before purchasing the house outright at a fixed price of £140,000. That is a 20 per cent discount from the open market price and people with local connections who make enquires are prioritised. There are two serviced other plots at the development site.
SCT is working on a planning application to build six new homes near Staffin Primary School, in partnership with HSCHT and the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association.
HSCHT was set up to help rural communities secure long-term solutions to their local housing needs and receives funding from a variety of sources, including the Scottish Government.
Suggestions for the house’s name can be e-mailed to Morven.Taylor@hscht.co.uk or can be delivered in person to Hugh Ross of SCT at the office, or left in the mailbox. He will ensure they are passed on to Morven. The deadline for suggestions is Friday, March 24 at 4pm.