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Tenants start New Year in 150th new council home

Published: Friday, 20 January, 2017

he 150th home in Stroud District Council’s ambitious building programme has been completed.

Coraley Driver and her children Phoebe (12), Tiani (11) and Macie (7) moved into the three bedroom house in Bisley Old Road, Stroud in time for the family to see in the New Year.

Coraley said:

"It’s a lovely house with lots of storage space and a good sized garden. It heats up really quickly and we have found it nice and warm. I can see us living here forever."

The home is one of 53 affordable homes in the Top of Town which the council will build over a four year period.

Two years ago Shaun and Sue Smith, and their daughters Zoe and Jasmine moved into the first council home to be completed as part of the programme. Their home was one of 35 new council homes to be built in Minchinhampton on a site which was formerly occupied by dilapidated concrete council homes at The Tynings and Old Common.

Cllr Mattie Ross, chair of the council’s housing committee said:

"We’re delighted that Coraley and her daughters were able to start the New Year in their new home. I am very proud that we are one of very few councils who still manage social housing and are able to do our bit to increase the supply of decent affordable homes."

Stroud District Council is the only local authority in Gloucestershire which still owns and manages council houses with the others having transferred them into other social housing organisations.

The council is investing £19.5 million in a five-year programme to deliver over 200 new homes across the district by March 2018.

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