Highland Council tenant welcomed into her new home

Kyrena MacKay and her son outside their new home at Kirk Brae in Inverness. Image by Phil Downie

Councillor Trish Robertson joined staff from Highland Council’s Inverness housing management and development teams to pay a house warming visit this week to wish a tenant all the best in her new home at Kirk Brae.

Kyrena MacKay’s home, which she shares with her son, is one of 27 new 2 and 1 bedroom flats built on a gap site above the Smithton and Culloden Free Church.

The development, commissioned by Highland Council’s development and infrastructure service, was designed by Bracewell Stirling and local company Compass Building and Construction carried out the construction works which started on site in March last year.

A total of 21 of the properties are for rent and 6 are for the low-cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT).

The £3,239,804 project has received £1,384,426 grant funding from the Scottish Government, with the remaining money coming from Highland Council.

The homes are well insulated and have gas combi boilers which provide instant hot water and heating. There are also photo-voltaic panels on the roof which generate electricity to keep the tenants’ fuel costs low.

Kyrena is delighted with her new home and said: “My new home has given me security and a place to bring up my son which we can call ours. I was lucky as I grew up in this area so already feel at home. You couldn’t put a price on the view either, I really am blessed.”

Ward councillor and vice chair of the environment, development and infrastructure committee, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “The council is committed to working with the Scottish Government, housing associations and the private sector to provide people with well-built, energy efficient homes. I’m particularly pleased to see a neglected area of scrub land that was becoming an eye-sore be transformed to create much needed affordable top quality houses.

“We hope Kyrena and all the people moving into Kirk Brae enjoy many happy years in their new homes.”

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