Category Archives: News

Another step closer to affordable green homes in the Borders

Similar House –  Passivhaus development at Springfield Terrace, St Boswells Fantastic news this week as we are another step closer to delivering more green homes in the Borders. The first of three Passivhaus homes at Springfield Place in St Boswells will complete in March and a further ten-home development at Westruther has secured planning. This… Continue Reading

Winter 2019/20 Newsletter now available

Look out for the latest edition of the Connect newsletter coming your way either by email, through your door or by clicking this link – Winter Connect 2019/20. We have lots of exciting news to report including the introduction of our new Home Improvement Team who will be replacing kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems in… Continue Reading

Borders College and Eildon HA commit to future joint working partnership

Two of the Borders’ leading organisations Borders College and Eildon Housing Association recognise they share a similar objective in that they are working for the greater good of the Borders’ population and communities. Both organisations appreciate there is a benefit of working in partnership due to their   many areas of shared interest such as: Workforce… Continue Reading

A Life-Changing Move

We met up with Faye who with her husband Brian and family recently moved into one of our new fully wheelchair accessible bungalows at Somerville Way, Jedburgh. Faye explained that moving into this new home has been a godsend for the whole family as one of her sons, Kerr, has special and complex needs. Faye… Continue Reading

New Year, New Homes for Peebles

We are delighted to have obtained planning permission for revised proposals for Tweedbridge Court in Peebles. These plans have been developed with comments and feedback from the local community, and the final design of 22 new homes provides much needed high quality affordable housing for the Borders. We will be looking at more sustainable building… Continue Reading

Have your say on our rent increase proposal for 2020/21

Eildon is hard at work pulling together its budget for the financial year 2020/21 and we need to hear our customers’ views on our rent increase proposal before we can make a decision. If you’re an Eildon customer, please take a few minutes to read the below information and then fill out the survey. If… Continue Reading

Eildon staff lend a helping hand at Radio Borders Mission Christmas

Eildon staff member Ainsley Casson was delighted to represent her colleagues this morning by handing over gifts collected by Eildon staff to Dizzy White of Radio Borders Mission Christmas. 12 staff members recently gave a helping hand with this amazing campaign, by donating a half day each volunteering at the Tweedbank depot as part of… Continue Reading

Extra Care housing given the green light in Kelso

We have moved another step further forward this week in delivering our plans to build 750 much needed new homes across the Scottish Borders. Following the green light from planners, the former Kelso High School site will be converted into 34 Extra Care flats with expected completion for Summer 2022. Nile Istephan, Eildon’s Chief Executive… Continue Reading

Borders Care & Repair receives funding boost from Borders Caring Services

The Borders Care and Repair service are delighted to announce the introduction of its falls prevention and dementia awareness services. The delivery of these new services has been made possible by the award of a grant from Borders Caring Services of £92,000. This funding boost has meant the original team has now increased with the… Continue Reading

Autumn Newsletter now available

Look out for the latest edition of the Connect newsletter coming your way either by email, through your door or by clicking this link – Autumn Connect 2019. You will see we have lots of exciting news to report including the introduction of our new HIT squad and saying farewell to two of Eildon’s longest… Continue Reading

Tenant Satisfaction Survey 2019

You may be aware that earlier this year we commissioned BMG Research Ltd to carry out satisfaction surveys on our behalf. Each year, we survey a third of our customers to make sure that we can pick up on any issues and make improvements as quickly as possible, and we encourage all customers who are… Continue Reading

Eildon shortlisted for three Business Excellence Awards

We are delighted to hear today that we have been shortlisted for three categories at the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Business Excellence Awards. The categories are: • Social Enterprise of the Year Award • Supporting Young Workforce Award • SME of the Year Good luck to all of the other finalists. Continue Reading

New design plans submitted for Tweedbridge Court in Peebles

Eildon Housing has submitted new plans this week for the redevelopment of Tweedbridge Court in Peebles. The redesign proposes 22 new homes with a mix of flats and houses, providing the much-needed high quality affordable housing that is so desperately needed in the Borders. The fresh new modular design addresses the concerns previously raised by… Continue Reading

Appeal decision unlocks major investment in new homes for Galashiels

Eildon Housing Association are delighted that, following appeal, the reporter appointed by the Scottish Government has granted planning permission for the development of a major affordable housing site at Coopersknowe in Galashiels. This means that Eildon Housing Association, working with Hart Builders, will now take forward exciting plans for the creation of 69 new high… Continue Reading

Eildon says farewell and thanks to two longest serving board members

Eildon Housing Association Ltd celebrated and paid tribute to two of its longest serving board members and former Chairmen prior to the AGM held on 4 September. Bill Wilkie MBE joined Eildon Housing Association back in its infancy in 1978. Bill was appointed as Vice Chair in 1980 and went on to become Chairman and… Continue Reading

Eildon Celebrates Spruce Up at Teviot Court

We celebrated the completion of a ‘spruce up’ project at Teviot Court in Hawick by opening our doors to all tenants, friends and relatives to show off the new changes which have recently taken place.  The new décor now includes bright colour-coded dementia friendly signage throughout the building. Eildon’s Chief Executive Nile Istephan said “Teviot… Continue Reading

Flying the green flag at Eildon

You may have noticed Eildon’s brand-new fleet of electric vehicles dotting around the Borders with their eye-catching new livery. The Nissan LEAF car and Nissan E-NV200 are the latest additions to Eildon’s fleet in the Housing Association’s bid to promote greater energy efficiency and carbon reductions. John Duncan, Director of Property Assets at Eildon commented,… Continue Reading

Eildon Strikes Double ‘Gold’ with Investors in People Accreditations

We are celebrating the impressive achievement of reaching the Gold standard through the internationally recognised Investors in People framework. We were assessed as having reached the Gold level for both the overall framework and also as an ‘Investors in Young People‘ organisation. Commenting on the award, Eildon’s Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, said: “We are extremely… Continue Reading

Affordable Green Homes in the Borders

Warmer, cheaper, more affordable homes is something we all want, and this could be a reality as Eildon Housing look at future house building and its impact on the environment. They are investing millions of pounds as part of their strategy to make sure everyone has access to somewhere they can call home. The need… Continue Reading

Now Recruiting

Are you customer focussed with a can do attitude? We are looking for suitably qualified trades people to create a Home Improvement Team to provide a high quality, efficient and effective component replacement service (new kitchens, bathrooms and windows) to meet the needs and expectations of our tenants. This is an exciting time to join… Continue Reading

Future Plans for Tweedbridge Court

We are disappointed that the Scottish Government has dismissed our current plans, on appeal, for the development of affordable homes at Tweedbridge Court in Peebles. Despite the overall conclusion of the appointed reporter, it is clear from the decision notice that the provision of affordable homes at this location is supported and a number of… Continue Reading

Eildon secures £40m funding boost for major build programme

Eildon Housing Association has secured a £40 million private placement deal with major investors the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). This attractive long-term investment will enable us to continue to invest in a major programme of high-quality affordable homes to meet the housing needs of communities across the Scottish Borders, delivering 750 new homes by 2021.… Continue Reading

Summer Newsletter now out!

Click the link to view the newsletter: Summer Newsletter 2019 What a fantastic past couple of months we have had with lots of exciting developments to report. Have a look at our newly launched 5 Year Strategy on page 3. Learn about our new development in Selkirk which was the recipient of a national award on… Continue Reading

National competition win for Galashiels Primary Schools

Considerate constructors, Hart Builders are delighted the hard work of seven primary schools in the Borders has been recognised with their well-deserved win in the national Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition. The colourful artwork that surrounds Eildon Housing Association’s development site at Huddersfield street, was one of the winners of the 2019 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.… Continue Reading

Eildon takes top National Award for latest Selkirk development

Eildon Housing Association’s latest development at High Street/Chapel Street in Selkirk has been recognised as the Best Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year at the recent Scottish Home Awards. Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of Eildon Housing Association, commented: ‘We are particularly proud of this new development and our equally deserving new scheme at Craigpark,… Continue Reading

Winners of Ivor Goodsite Hoarding

We’re absolutely ecstatic to have just heard that the artwork that surrounds our site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels is one of the winning sites for the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2019. There was 83 entries from across the UK and Ireland which makes this even more impressive. Seven Primary Schools from the Galashiels area… Continue Reading

Open Day at Our Brand New Selkirk High Street Development!

Our latest new development on Selkirk High Street/Chapel Street opened its doors for public viewing on the afternoon of Thursday 6 June. This striking new development provides 10 much-needed, high quality 1 and 2 bedroomed homes. Its creative design ensures that this challenging site in a sensitive town centre location, has been developed to both… Continue Reading

Why do you love living in the Borders?

That’s the question Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) and Hart Builders asked Galashiels Primary schools when they were invited to paint a mural on the fence that surrounds the development site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. The Galashiels Braw Lad and Lass unveiled the artwork from Clovenfords, Burgh, St Peter’s, St Margaret’s, Stow, Tweedbank and Langlee… Continue Reading

Countdown begins for artwork reveal at Huddersfield Street

The countdown begins for our big school artwork reveal on the fence that surrounds our site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. Seven primary schools from the Galashiels area are taking part in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition with artwork themed around  ‘why they love living in the Borders’. Clovenfords Primary School Burgh Primary School St… Continue Reading

Eildon nominated twice for prestigious award

Eildon Housing Association’s efforts to promote inclusive growth, address housing need and invest in Borders’ communities have been recognised with two new build developments being shortlisted as finalists at the prestigious Scottish Home Awards 2019 for the ‘Housing Development of the Year (social rent)’ category. The two developments at High Street/Chapel Street, Selkirk and Craigpark… Continue Reading

Our New 5 Year Strategy Delivering Inclusive Growth

Dementia, Homelessness, Fuel Poverty are among the key issues identified in our new 5 Year Strategy ‘Delivering Inclusive Growth* across the Scottish Borders’ launched this week. Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, explained “Eildon is a well-established and high performing organisation with a well-earned reputation as one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers. We are proud… Continue Reading

Change to customer satisfaction survey provider

You may have read in the Spring edition of Connect that we re-tendered for the three-year contract to conduct our satisfaction surveys and are now working with a new organisation – BMG Research (BMG).   BMG is an experienced independent research company who has worked with a number of other housing associations. By working with BMG we will be able… Continue Reading

Picasso comes to the Borders thanks to Eildon Housing and Hart Builders

Exciting Borders artwork from Primary schools across Galashiels has kicked off this week after they received their delivery of wood, paints and brushes from our Community Benefits Officer. This fantastic project involves all age groups from Clovenfords, Stow, Burgh, St Peters, Langlee, Tweedbank and St Margaret’s Primary schools. The finished artwork will decorate the fencing… Continue Reading

Eildon proud to support Borders Adult Learner Awards

The Borders Adult Learner Awards 2019 took place at Earlston High School on 23 April 2019 and we were proud to attend this inspiring event, recognising, celebrating and promoting the achievements through learning of adults in the Scottish Borders. We have supported the awards for many years – this year by sponsoring the Young Learner Award which was presented by our Chief Executive, Nile Istephan.  The award… Continue Reading

Youth Group paint their way around Peebles

An exciting mural project has been taking shape on the fence that surrounds the vacant site of the former Tweedbridge Court. Eildon Housing Association and Hart Builders Ltd have been working in partnership with the Peebles youth led organisation Tweeddale Youth Action, and local artists Ross MacRae and Michael Jessing, to recreate local landmarks from… Continue Reading

Meet Our Modern Apprentices

As part of Scottish Modern Apprentice Week 2019, meet our two modern apprentices James and Owen. “I’m 6-months into my post at Eildon Housing Association undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship as a Finance Assistant. I am studying a level two AAT qualification and decided to undertake an apprenticeship to gain valuable experience on the job, whilst… Continue Reading

Our Power – Important Announcement

We were sad to learn that Our Power Energy Supply Ltd has now ceased trading. We know that some of our customers will be affected by this so want to offer some reassurance from Ofgem, the energy regulator. Firstly, Ofgem has just appointed Utilita as the new supplier for Our Power customers and is currently… Continue Reading

Eildon Housing Association gives donation to Kelso Men’s Shed

Photo L to R: Secretary of Kelso Men’s Shed John Bassett, Alastair Summerhill, Marnie McVitie from Eildon Eildon Housing Association was delighted to give support to the newly opened Men’s Shed in Kelso, by donating 4 personal computers and cupboards which had become excess to the organisation’s requirements. Eildon’s Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, commented, ‘As… Continue Reading

New figures underline huge need for affordable housing in Peebles

Demand for homes in the Peebles area has seen Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) receive an average of 32 bids per property over the past three years. More than 77 per cent of the homes were allocated to applicants living within a 10-mile radius of the town – underlining the scale of demand for affordable housing… Continue Reading

New figures underline huge need for affordable housing in Borders towns

Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) and Hart Builders welcome the recent planning approval for the housing development at Newtown St Boswells and Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. Eildon’s Chief Executive Nile Istephan said, “Planning approval means we can now press ahead with providing much-needed affordable homes for people living and working in the surrounding communities.” Fifty three… Continue Reading

Our special arrangements at Christmas & New Year

Our office will close at 3pm on Monday 24 December 2018 & re-open at 8.45am on Thursday 3 January 2019. During this time our repairs service is restricted to urgent and emergency repairs only. To report an emergency or urgent repair call 03000 200 217. Keep an eye on our Facebook page over the holidays… Continue Reading

Rent Increase Proposal – Have you taken part?

We are seeking the views of as many customers as possible about the proposed rent increase. The consultation is running from now until the 18th January. Our Customer Engagement Officer, Lita, will be out and about with Housing Officers – speaking with customers across the Scottish Borders about the proposed rent increase. We would like… Continue Reading

5-Year Strategy Customer Consultation

We’re developing a new 5-year Strategy for Eildon and we’d like your help. Our 5-year Strategy is the most important planning tool for the future of the company and as customers you are uniquely placed to give your views on what we do. The link below will take you to an online survey with a… Continue Reading

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