Ribbon cut on 16 new homes in Willingdon

Opening of Towermill Mews SUS-140210-090454001
Opening of Towermill Mews SUS-140210-090454001

The first council houses built in Wealden for more than 20 years were officially opened by councillors last week.

The ribbon was cut on the 16 properties in Towerhill Mews by housing development officer Tina Adams, Wealden District Council chairman Cllr Brain Redman, Willingdon PC chairman Cllr John Pritchett, Cllr Graham Wells, Cllr Ron Cussons and leader of Wealden District Council Cllr Bob Standley.

Cllr Graham Wells, Cabinet member for housing, said, “We are tremendously proud of these 16 new council homes - the first council houses built in Wealden for over 20 years.

“This year, we have completed 60 new council homes in the district through our New Build project at a cost of £7.8million - well below the original £9m estimate.

“Careful design and careful project management by our project partners mean tenants will be able enjoy the benefits of these sustainable homes for many years to come.

“We have been one of the first authorities in the south east to take advantage of new legislation in the Localism Act allowing councils to build their own housing again and we are grateful for the £1.4 million contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency to support our plans.

“We are continuing to look at ways to address the problems caused by the high cost of housing in the District and this includes new opportunities to provide rented housing which families can afford.”