Trinity House plans are approved

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SCOTTISH Borders Council has approved a £250,000-plus conversion of Trinity House.

The former residential home will be turned into four self-contained affordable housing flats and a staff facility.

The proposal to councillors this week read: “The Trinity House service will directly target those young people who may have been put out of, or left, the family home as a result of relationship breakdown, violence, substance abuse or conflict.

“As well as general housing support, the service would give training in homemaking skills, citizenship/community awareness, money matters, healthy living, environmental awareness and recycling, help with benefits and access to employment and further training opportunities.”

The service will be available to all homeless and potentially homeless young people between the ages of 16-24, with the priority given to those under 19 years.

The annual rate of young people aged 16-24 accepted as homeless in the Borders is 19.2 per 1,000 young people in population, compared to a Scottish average rate of 15.1.

The £263,271 development will be funded through the council’s affordable housing investment budget. The net cost of providing the service, which includes two full-time overnight supervisors, is estimated at £6,777.

The report added: “By bringing back a council-owned property (Trinity House) into use will not only provide additional affordable accommodation for young people, it will minimise the risk of the property incurring further void repair costs.”