Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has welcomed the start of construction work on the £1.6million housing, health and economic project in Stenscholl, Staffin, on Skye.
Six three-bedroom homes, a health centre and two business premises will be built in the next 12 months, with the investment a welcome boost for Skye’s economy following the impact of COVID-19.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has developed the project for six years after concerns about the lack of available accommodation locally for young people and families, the falling roll at Bun Sgoil Stafainn and the declining population.
Mr Stewart said: “I am disappointed not to be able to visit the new site to see work being started, due to Covid 19 and the weight of parliamentary work, but welcome the project now coming to fruition.
“When I first became involved a few years ago, it looked as though the project would be restrained if not shelved by concerns over environmental interests and I went on to take this up with SNH and the Scottish Government.
“It is so good to see it now being started, providing much needed housing and a small development for the community. It’s well worth all the hard work by local campaigners.”
SCT has received more than 10 expressions of interest from families/individuals in the new homes. There are also six notes of interest in the business units, while it is hoped to come to an agreement with NHS Highland about becoming a long-term tenant of the new health centre.
- Flashback picture shows the trust’s development officer, Hugh Ross, with David Stewart at the site years before planning permission was granted