Trust is opposed to right to buy

Holy Island
Holy Island

Holy Island’s community trust has raised concerns over Government proposals to force housing associations to sell their homes to tenants.

A letter of concern has been sent to Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Linda Piper, secretary of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust, writing in the island newsletter, explained: “The plan would defeat the object of the Trust’s existence, which was to create affordable rented homes for islanders, which could not be sold and eventually become holiday homes.”

Work to heighten the pier has now been completed.

The project has cost approximately £250,000 and was financed by the Trust, the island’s Fishermen’s Society, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Fisheries Fund and Northumberland County Council.

Phase 1 of the conversion of the old Lifeboat House into a museum is almost complete and the building is now weatherproof. Phase 2, the exhibitions and interpretation of the island’s lifeboat history, is underway. It is hoped to open next summer.

The Trust AGM will take place on Thursday, October 22, at 6pm in the Heritage Centre.