Lifeline funds for housing scheme

Lifeline funds for housing scheme 


A housing project in the Western Isles which stalled because of a funding shortfall has secured £3m. Communities Scotland, a Scottish Executive agency, put together the financial package.

The Bayhead Bridge Centre in Stornoway will provide housing for health workers, students attending Lews Castle College and young people.

Lack of funds had threatened to scupper the plan to convert the rundown community centre into accommodation.

An organisation called the Bridge Group is spearheading the project, which also involves Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar).

‘Unique project’

Donald John McSween, chairman of the Bridge Group, said he was delighted with the new funding.

He added: ‘The Bayhead Bridge Centre is a landmark community project combining a range of community facilities and achieving synergy for a number of organisations on one site.’

Johann Lamont, deputy communities minister, said: ‘This is a unique project, tailored to the needs of Stornoway and the island communities.’

David Nicol, Communities Scotland area director for the Highlands and Islands, added: ‘This is great news for the people of Stornoway. When completed the centre will provide the town with an invaluable asset.’

Source: BBC