New housing research on Cumbrae

by Rebecca Garrett

A major study into the housing needs of communities on Cumbrae has been commissioned by the council.

The study will give the council an up-to-date picture of the island’s housing needs, along with any issues that affect people already living here or planning to move here.

The research is funded by the council and will be carried out by independent research company Craigforth. The study is also being done in Arran.

Households on the island should have received a survey form, which asks about their views and experiences of housing on the island. The survey can also be completed online here.

Residents who have particular housing needs, including those below, are encouraged to take the survey:

  • People struggling to find a home to buy or rent
  • People struggling to find a home they can afford
  • People in poor condition housing
  • People in unsuitable housing
  • People with particular housing needs (including older people)
  • People who have had to move off the island to find a home

The survey will run over the next 6-8 weeks and will be followed by interviews and focus groups to continue the discussion about the kind of housing need they face. All survey returns, interviews and focus groups will be strictly confidential.

Councillor Anthea Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It is vitally important that we listen to local people so we know exactly what their needs are.

“The more people who take part in this study, the more detailed and accurate information we will have to ensure future work on the islands addresses their needs.

“This could include those struggling to find a home to buy, rent or simply afford. We want to hear from people who have specific housing needs, including older people, or those who have had to move off the island to find a home. We also want to hear people’s views on the condition of homes on the islands.

“The outcome of the study will help us identify the best way forward to deal with challenges in the islands’ housing sector.”

If you can help with the study, please contact Chris Thornton at Craigforth on Freephone 0800 027 3011 or email survey@craigforth.co.uk


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