The Wilkie Houses On Bute Transfer Ownership To Fyne Homes

Wilkie Houses

On Tuesday 2nd April the assets of James John Wilkie Almhouses Trust, known locally as The Wilkie Houses, transferred over to the ownership of Fyne Homes Housing Association.

This impressive development comprising of eight one-bedroom flats located at Townhead in Rothesay, has historically and very effectively been managed by The Wilkie Trust since their construction in 1929.

Changing times and stock condition requirements led the Trustees and Fyne Homes Management Committee agreeing to transfer the housing stock to ownership of the social landlord, where appropriate funding could be sought for upgrades and repairs. Fyne Homes will undertake a significant refurbishment programme in the months to come, to bring this well-known development up to a high standard and condition.

Trustee Gordon Sutherland said “ The Trustees of the Wilkie Houses are delighted that Fyne Homes have agreed to take over these eight properties. As a Charitable Trust, we were very conscious of the fact that we did not possess sufficient funds to maintain and improve the properties to a standard suitable for our tenants. We are greatly confident that this transfer of all our assets is the best possible course of action for those tenants requiring high quality social housing on Bute. Our good wishes go to all our tenants, past and present and to all at Fyne Homes Housing Association.”

Once refurbished The Wilkie Houses will be allocated in line with Fyne Homes common allocations policy as amenity stock, thus staying close to the original remit of the Trusts allocations criteria.

Fyne Homes Chair Shirley MacLeod said “I am delighted that Fyne Homes can accept transfer of these eight properties. During this process we have seen first-hand the hard work and commitment the Trustees have invested over the many years as custodians of these much-loved homes. I believe this is a good move for the Trust, and for Fyne Homes and most importantly for the tenants.”

Fyne Homes Committee and staff look forward to welcoming our new tenants and to maintaining the high standard the Trustees have imbedded in the management of these homes.

Wilkie Trust handover

Pictured are James McMillan and David Herriot from Fyne Homes Management Commiitee and Gordon Sutherland of the Wilkie Trust