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Our newsletter Rural Matters Spring 2024 is out now. 

For all the latest news from RSHA, read the latest version of our newsletter.


MINISTER for Housing Paul McLennan has learned first hand about the important work we are doing here at Rural Stirling Housing Association.

He paid a welcome visit to our offices in Doune for a round table discussion on the work of the Association and the ever-present challenges facing a rural housing provider like ourselves.

The meeting touched on – among other things - the challenge all housing providers with a programme of developing new homes are facing with “construction inflation” contributing to rising costs. 

Mark Griffiths, our Chairperson, said: “We were very pleased indeed to host a visit by the Minister.  It allowed us and our partners to engage directly with the Scottish Government which shares our vision of delivering more affordable housing.

Our round table discussion focused on a range of issues primarily addressing housing needs in rural Stirlingshire which remains at an exceptionally high level

We hope Paul McLennan took away from our discussion a greater understanding of the pressing issues affecting our work and our commitment to partnership working involving Stirling Council, the Scottish Government and others.”

The Minister learned of our recent and ongoing developments in Tyndrum, Kippen, Killearn, Strathblane and Balmaha.

Our Chief Executive Donna Birrell added: “We appreciate the visit of Paul McLennan accompanied by officials from the Scottish Government. It was an invaluable opportunity for us to set out what we are doing as a housing association.

There is a strong demand for housing across the communities we serve and we are endeavouring to address this as best we can

Affordable housing remains a critical component of sustaining communities – especially rural ones - with a particularly pressing demand for the provision of one and two bedroom apartments.

We value our working partnership with Stirling Council, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and the Scottish Government and look forward to continuing to work together.”   

Evelyn Tweed, MSP for Stirling, said: “Accessible, affordable housing is a vital building block for sustainable communities. Rural areas face specific challenges when it comes to housing and it’s important that consideration of rural needs are embedded into policy and legislation.

I’m pleased that the Minister was able to visit my constituency and hear first hand about the great work that the Rural Stirling Housing Association and East Loch Lomond Community Trust are doing, and about the challenging context they work in. I hope that this productive conversation will be able to inform the government’s housing strategy.”

Mr McLennan said: “We recognise good quality affordable housing is essential to help build sustainable communities in rural areas. Rural Stirling Housing Association are looking to increase the availability of affordable housing to support their local communities, and we will continue to work together to help deliver more affordable homes.


We are committed to delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, of which 10% will be in rural and island communities and 70% will be for social rent.”


Housing Minister visits RSHA

Pictured:  Minister Paul McLennan (far left) with the team from RSHA and partner organisations.

Stirling Council budget survey

A new survey, has been launched by the council on a range of budget savings proposal.

No decision have been taken on any of the savings proposals and the survey aims to find out from residents affected by savings what the impact would be on them and on the community.

Please help us to inform the budget process by completing the survey.

The full list of savings is on the survey itself, but they include:

Close or reduce council-managed community centres.

Stop the annual mowing of rural road verges, reduce grass cutting or increase space for pollinator spaces.

Closure of some libraries.

Reduction in budget for events and festivals.

Removal of the ‘road-end’ waste collection policy.

Stop the greenspace ranger service.

Reduce spending on maintenance at buildings and facilities.

Removal of the community grant scheme.

Reduce free, confidential and impartial accredited money, debt and benefit advice to residents.

Change the operating models (opening times and capacity) at some nurseries.

Increase non statutory childcare fees.

Reduce or stop the play, creche, play and out of school care service.

Reduce teachers in the additional support needs outreach team.

Removal of the P5 swimming programme.

Reduce the primary school week for pupils.

Close some or all public toilets.

For more information on the councils budget position, please visit

Look out for updates on our social media using the hashtag #BigConversation2425

Thistle Insurance Information 

Thistle Insurance have issued a very useful information leaflet about Home Contents insurance.

We recommend all our tenants take out home contents insurance. 

Thistle Insurance