Alderney social housing spend agreed

More than £200,000 of government money will be spent on the building of two social houses in Alderney.

The two three-bedroom properties will replace a house, which is "no longer fit for purpose", according to the Alderney Housing Association.

Manager John Weir said one of the houses would be the first in the island available under the partial ownership already run in Guernsey.

The States agreed to contribute £238,000 at its meeting on Wednesday.

'Waste of money'

The remaining funds for the £516,000 project will be raised by the association.

States member Ian Tugby, who is a building contractor, raised concerns at the high cost of the work, suggesting the development was a "waste of money".

The States was told there were currently 10 people on the housing waiting list.

Mr Weir said he was "surprised" by Mr Tugby's comments about the cost and said they had gone with the cheapest tender from the four made by local building firms.

He said the work was due to start in the next few weeks and residents could be moving in early next year.

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