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Sixteen homes for rent handed over at site of former primary school in Maryburgh as Highland Council welcomes major boost for 'lucky' tenants

By Hector MacKenzie

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Highland Council has taken possession of sixteen new affordable homes for rent built on the site of the former primary school in Maryburgh.

The development is the first to be built in the village in many years and has, says the local authority, added much-needed affordable, attractive, and energy-efficient properties to Maryburgh’s housing stock.

All of the ground floor units have been built to meet varying needs, and five are fully wheelchair liveable.

The remainder are described as homes for a range of families.

Funding for the project came from Highland Council and the Scottish Government.

The council paid tribute to CHAP Construction, KLMP, Helica and CDMM "for their dedication to the development".

Local councillors Margaret Paterson and Angela MacLean joined housing officers for a tour of the new homes before tenants start to move in.

Councillor Paterson said: “These are fantastic new homes for tenants. They are very well planned, are on a high standard and as they are energy-efficient they will be economical to live in. Many people are going to be lucky to be getting a new home here because Maryburgh is a very friendly place to live and they will be made very welcome.”

Councillor MacLean said: “It’s been a joy having a look round these houses in Maryburgh at the site at the old school. This is a new beginning for many people in the community. The standard of workmanship and facilities available in these properties is amazing. I would like to commend everyone involved in the project for all their hard work. I am sure all the tenants who will be moving in are excited to have the opportunity to make these excellent new properties their forever homes.”

The council said it is looking forward to welcoming tenants to their new homes over the coming weeks.

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