Wed, 16 May 2012
The first council-built homes in the borough for nearly twenty years have been officially opened.
Families from the estate on Elmwood Avenue, Feltham, were invited to celebrate its opening and a plaque marking the official opening was unveiled.
The 19 home estate has been built to provide a mix of social rented homes, with 80 per cent having three or more bedrooms. Two of the homes have been designed specifically for people with disabilities.
Cllr Curran, cabinet member for housing and education at the London Borough of Hounslow, said:
“It’s difficult to imagine how this site once looked, with two homeless hostels falling into disrepair, and not up to the decent homes standards.
“Thanks to the work of council officers, Hounslow Homes and United House Limited and all other partners we now have this fantastic development of homes that we see here today.
“Not only does this scheme help us provide much-needed homes for local people, but shows the importance of working with partners to provide value for money and deliver schemes on time and within budget.
“I’d like to thank all those who worked so hard to make this scheme a reality. This has been a great team effort by everyone involved, and the results will be here for all to see for years to come.”
Bernadette O'Shea, chief executive of Hounslow Homes said: “This is a very special day for the Hounslow Housing partnership. This used to be a site where we were constantly dealing with dumped rubbish, and by working together we have turned a derelict site into a garden suburb community.
“The smiles on the faces of the children who are now living here says it all. Good work, now let's do more!”
The £3.3 million scheme was built with a combination of grant of £1.9 million from the Homes and Community Agency and £1.4m council funds.
Construction was overseen by the council and Hounslow Homes, and carried out by United House Limited.