SHADOW HOUSING MINISTER CASTS HER EYE OVER WOLVERHAMPTON’S NEW COUNCIL HOUSES

Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister and Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds MP has been casting her eye over the development of forty new council homes in Wolverhampton – the first to be built in the city for more than thirty years.
 
The forty new council homes are being built by the city council and Kier Partnership Homes at Thompson Avenue in Parkfields. The mix of bungalows, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses are part of a 120-home complex just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre.

All forty council homes are set to be completed by spring next year with the first ready to let before the end of the year.

On Friday (10th October), Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds joined Sue Roberts MBE, Chair of Wolverhampton Homes – the company which manages council houses on behalf of the council – to see how the new houses were progressing.
 
Emma said: “I was delighted to visit the first new council housing to be built in Wolverhampton for over 30 years. I was impressed with the quality of the new homes I visited. After a few finishing touches, new tenants will be able to move in soon.”
 
“I am proud that Labour-run Wolverhampton City Council is delivering these homes for local people. As somebody who grew up in the early part of my childhood in a Council flat, increasing the number of Council homes is something I am passionate about. Should I become Housing Minister next year, helping Councils build more Council houses will be one of my top priorities.”
 
Sue Roberts MBE, who has been a council tenant in the city for more than 30 years and who is campaigning for more council houses to be built across the country said:
 
“Thirty nine years ago, almost to the day, I was at this site celebrating my wedding reception at the old Black Horse pub. Now here I am watching the first new council houses being built since then. It’s lovely to see how the development is coming together and I’m sure they’ll make lovely, modern homes for tenants when they move in.”
 
Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Prosperity said: “It’s extremely exciting to see this hugely important scheme so close to completion.
 
“Increasing the number of decent and affordable homes available in Wolverhampton is one of the council’s main priorities in driving forward the regeneration of the city.  The Thompson Avenue scheme will certainly help us achieve that.
 
“We‘re looking forward to the first tenants moving into these properties in just a few months’ time”.

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