Councillors and tenants give seal of approval to new council homes

Tuesday, 16th July 2019

WILNECOTE councillors and tenant representatives have given their seal of approval to brand new homes built in Tinkers Green before they are handed over to new families this month.

Keys to the first six two-bedroom houses of the new estate will be handed over to residents on the council’s Housing Register before the end of July, providing much-needed modern and affordable accommodation.

Work is progressing well to create a new estate of 96 homes on the site of the former Tinkers Green maisonettes, which will be completed in phases over the next 12 to 18 months.

The first homes are now ready and the three Wilnecote ward councillors and representatives of the council’s Tenants Consultative Group were able to have a look round the properties and see what’s on offer.

Cllr Tina Clements said: “I’m really impressed. These homes are spacious, modern and give a new look to the Wilnecote street scene, which is just what was needed.”

Cllr Patrick Standen said: “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of council housing, it’s nice to see more council homes being built in Tamworth.

Cllr Roy Rogers said: “I’m amazed at the rate of progress on the site; the new homes and their frontages look great and there’s lots of space out the front too.”

Chairperson of the Tenants Consultative Group, Iris Clements, said: “I was very, very impressed; they are lovely new homes. They have thought of absolutely everything. Some of us in this group have been involved in the consultation on the Tinkers Green and Kerria project from when it was first spoken about so it’s nice to see the first homes completed. I think families will be very happy with them.”Tamworth Borough Council, working in partnership with appointed developers, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, is building the new houses in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and at the Kerria Centre in Amington, in the largest council house building programme in the town for a generation.

The £19million construction phase of this huge regeneration project got underway at the end of last year following the demolition of 86 maisonettes at Tinkers Green and 36 maisonettes at Kerria.

Tinkers Green Councillors – left to right – Cllr Patrick Standen, Cllr Roy Rogers and Cllr Tina Clements.

Tinkers Green Councillors – left to right – Cllr Patrick Standen, Cllr Roy Rogers and Cllr Tina Clements.

A new estate of 96 homes is being created at Tinkers Green, including 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area is also being upgraded.

A total of 44 modern new homes are being built at the former Kerria site, consisting of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses, plus a retail facility.

It is anticipated that the first residents will be welcomed to the Kerria site in the autumn.

Cllr Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Housing Services and Communities, said: “We are committed to providing quality social housing that is fit for 21st century living. This means providing additional homes and also investing in our existing stock to ensure the homes we provide remain fit for purpose. The significant investment at Tinkers Green and Kerria will enable us to offer attractive, modern houses.

“It’s great to see the construction phase is progressing so well; the houses built so far look really good and I’m sure their new residents will be proud to call them home.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, added: “The aim for all partners involved in these projects was to create high quality affordable homes for local people, so we’re delighted that these new properties are already proving so popular. Both developments are really starting to take shape now and I’m sure the new residents will be very happy here.”

Residents living near both development sites are being kept informed throughout the various stages of construction and this will continue as the project progresses.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care on 0800 652 5080, or via email at centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com.

People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk

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