17 Nov West Highland Free Press: Highland Housing
Picture: Willie Urquhart (Via West Highland Free Press)
Ross, Skye, and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has urged Highland Council chiefs to join discussions aimed at tackling the housing crisis affecting communities throughout the Highlands.
In a letter to Highland Council Chief Executive Donna Manson and council leader Margaret Davidson – co-signed by local councillors – the MP has outlined his serious concerns about the availability of housing for those who wish to live and work in the area.
He has pressed Highland Council to engage with the Scottish Government to examine all practical steps to ensure the effective and efficient sale of existing properties that does not freeze out long-term residents.
Mr Blackford said: “Demand for second homes being bought from the present stock of housing is a factor in the rising cost of properties in the areas and, in many cases, rules out the opportunity for local young people to compete in this market.