BBC and STV news programmes focus on Staffin’s urgent affordable housing need

BBC Alba and STV have broadcast reports on Staffin’s challenging housing situation, as plans for six urgently needed affordable homes come under Highland Council scrutiny.

The Highlands Small Housing Communities Trust (HSCHT) officially opened a new three-bedroom affordable house in Flodigarry on Wednesday, which attracted TV crews from STV News and BBC Alba’s An Là programmes. 

For HSCHT, a charitable organisation which assists rural communities in the drive for housing, it was a real milestone as it was the 50th rent-to-buy house it has built ...

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OPEN! Staffin businesses gear up for visitor season start as Easter looms

 

STAFFIN’S business community is preparing for another hectic tourism season after a bumper 2016 which saw a record number of people visit Skye’s premier destination.

Cafes, restaurants, shops, craft outlets, B&Bs, self-catering owners and other accommodation providers had reported an exceptionally busy season  while Staffin has continued to welcome visitors during the shoulder months, which are now getting ...

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce it is seeking to recruit a new member of staff to manage a key project, the Skye Ecomuseum II.

SCT announced in September last year that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. The HLF award will enable the construction of a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, new footpaths and interpretation, a central Staffin “orientation point”,  an activity plan and ...

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Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route

RESILIENT tour bus drivers who braved high winds and hail showers have completed urgent path repairs at the Quiraing.

Staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners spent two days working on badly-needed repairs to the route, which attracts thousands of people each year. Despite very tough weather conditions at the exposed site, seven hardy Rabbie’s drivers and office workers dug out a damaged and uneven section of path, created a stone-lined ramp, installed a culvert pipe and landscaped the area. The workers faced frequent ...

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Name that house…ideas sought for name of new property

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 ...

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Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has formally submitted a bid to purchase local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr. 

SCT has lodged an Asset Transfer Request (ATR) to Highland Council for a section of roadside ground near the popular island landmark so it can construct a new car park, public toilets and interpretation. It comes after several years of talks between SCT and the council, a major community consultation and the conclusion of a site options appraisal/business plan by a consultant team.

The ...

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Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes

AN UPDATE about the proposed new affordable housing in Staffin will be provided this weekend.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is progressing plans for six new houses and business units at a site on common grazings tenanted by the Stenscholl Township. SCT is working in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association to deliver the new affordable houses, which would be the first built in Staffin since 1999.

SCT and its partners are now working towards submitting ...

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The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago

AN OLD newsletter first printed in the early 1980s during the construction of Staffin Hall – the Co-Chomunn – has provided a snapshot of the community’s efforts into delivering the ambitious project.  ‘Mac-Talla’ was printed just before Christmas in 1982 to update Staffin residents about progress of the district’s new village hall, which included a shop, restaurant, crafts outlet and toilets.

It was a key period in the Co-Chomunn’s history, as Staffin led the way in Skye in coming together to form a ...

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Staffin’s Gaelic voices from the present, remember the past

SEVERAL native Gaelic voices from Staffin’s present have provided a revealing glimpse back at the district’s past in a series of newly-published recordings.

Staffin Community Trust/Urras an Taobh Sear teamed up with Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o’ Riches to capture the views, memories and thoughts of older members of our community in autumn last year. A range of subjects are discussed in the lively oral recordings which are now available on the SCT’s local history section.

Tobar an Dualchais is a collaborative project ...

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New affordable home opportunity in Flodigarry

CONSTRUCTION work on a new affordable home in Flodigarry is progressing well and is expected to be completed in April.

And the owner, the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCT), is now advertising the three-bedroom house’s availability for “Rent to Buy”. This 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 ...

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