Stop press: Staffin housing situation goes national

STAFFIN’s affordable housing needs have made headlines in the national and local media after the issue was highlighted in a report commissioned by the Staffin Community Trust.

The West Highland Free Press carried a page three article about the local demand for new housing in Staffin which was confirmed by the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust in a major report.

No affordable housing has been built in Staffin since 1999. Despite widespread coverage of the independence referendum result across the media last Friday, both The Herald and The Scotsman also covered the Staffin report’s publication and fact that the school roll had halved and properties on the open market were out of the reach of young people.

Staffin Trust chairman Donald MacDonald was interviewed on Radio Nan Gàidheal’s news programme on Monday morning about the housing situation in Staffin.

And The Oban Times and The Press & Journal also wrote about the report and covered the Trust’s concerns.

The Trust is meeting with representatives from Highland Council and the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association next week to discuss the report’s recommendations.