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Ballacubbon development opens for residents 14 October 2008

DLGE's new Ballacubbon development, Main Road, Colby will be officially opened by Juan Watterson, MHK for Rushen, and DLGE Member with responsibility for Estates and Housing on Wednesday 15th October at 10am.

Mr Watterson will unveil a standing stone, to commemorate the opening, which is to be incorporated into the landscaped area at the entrance to the Ballacubbon development. He will also make a presentation to first time buyers Lisa and Eddie Payne, and to Donald and Joyce MacFarlane, who will move in to new homes at Ballacubbon very soon. Welcoming the Paynes to their new home at Ballacubbon, Colby

Lisa and Eddie have bought one of the six 3-bedroom homes designed for first time buyers, and will move in with their son Kai, aged 4, and daughter Sienna, aged 1. They have benefited from additional help from the Government House Purchase Assistance Scheme (see Note 1). Donald and Joyce will move into one of the six 2-bedroom rental bungalows, releasing a 3-bedroom property in Colby’s Station Park estate for a larger family. Ten other families will also move into homes on this new DLGE-funded development.

Mr Watterson will say,

‘Affordable homes are essential to ensuring local people get a foot on the property ladder. Many of those who work in important jobs supporting our infrastructure and essential services can find it difficult to afford a home. Through this new development DLGE has helped to increase the number of modern properties available on the Isle of Man for both first time buyers and older tenants.’

He will say,

‘At DLGE we’ve been grateful for the patience and cooperation of local residents and Arbory Commissioners across the 12-month period of this development’s construction. I’m pleased that the Commissioners, other MHKs for Rushen, members of the development team, and future residents have had opportunity to inspect the properties as part of the opening ceremony.
’ Each of the new homes has been built to standards of space and quality defined for affordable homes by DLGE, and the average purchase price of the properties is less than £150,000.

DLGE’s Office of Architecture designed the development, with the assistance of Quantity Surveyors Cameron Hall, Structural Engineer John Gray, and Health and Safety advisors SafetyNet. McArd Contractors of Port Erin constructed the development.

John Shimmin, DLGE Minister, said,

‘At this time of global financial instability it’s especially important that we on the Isle of Man are able to support local people by ensuring there are homes for them to live in at prices they can afford.
‘I’m very pleased that DLGE has been able to fund this important new development in Colby, which has contributed to the Departments’ target of completing 487 public sector and 250 first time buyer homes by March 2011, a target contained in the Government Strategic Plan and Department Service Delivery Plan 2008- 2011.’

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