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New Carness homes to begin welcoming tenants

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the completion of 32 new social housing properties in Kirkwall. Pictured from the left at the official handover are Neil Stockan of R. Clouston, David Brown of OIC housing team; executive director of education, leisure and housing, James Wylie; Councillor Gwenda Shearer, Councillor Sandy Cowie; head of community learning, leisure and housing, Frances Troup; operational manager for all age learning disabilities, Sue Dutton; and Inga Wilson, registered manager for all age learning disabilities.

A £4.7million social housing development is ready to welcome tenants, as contractors hand over the keys to Orkney Islands Council (OIC).

The 32-property development at Carness Road in Kirkwall is a mixture of flats and bungalows — with five of the properties being used as supported accommodation for households with particular needs and a support base.   

The new scheme is part of massive push by OIC to boost the county’s affordable housing stock by as much as 500 by 2026.

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