HOUSING: Council’s empty homes team wins national award

By Aileen Maclennan

Argyll and Bute Council’s Empty Homes Team has picked up the highly sought after ‘Outstanding Team Award’ at this year’s Scottish Empty Homes Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and organisations in reviving empty homes across Scotland.

The Council has enjoyed previous success at the awards and had five entries shortlisted as finalists this year, including two out of the three finalists in the Best before/after and Best Old Wreck categories.

Kelly Ferns, the Council’s Empty Homes Officer, said: “We are grateful to receive the Outstanding Team Award today at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2022.

“Tackling empty homes is often challenging and multifaceted, team collaboration is fundamental and we’re so proud to be recognised today amongst some quality teams in empty homes work.”

Shaheena Din, National Project Manager for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, said: “I am delighted for all of this year’s awards winners, including the team at Argyll and Bute Council. They have shown an incredible effort in transforming communities through their work in bringing empty homes back into use.

“We are so pleased that we could offer a hybrid event this year, allowing our awards to take place in person as well as opening up digital attendance following the success of last year. We look forward to seeing what everyone involved in bringing empty homes back in to use will achieve in the next 12 months.”

Picture: Not quite as neglected as this one, but empty homes are being brought back into use in Argyll and Bute.

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