Wealden District Councillor Graham Wells has presented a supermarket voucher to Vicki Russell, one of the tenants of Wealden’s new build council homes in Jarvis Brook.
Residents of 20 the new properties in Bracken Close – part of the 64 new homes built this year by the Council at a cost of £7.8 million – were asked to take part in a survey about the new homes. The survey included a prize draw as an incentive to take part.
Mrs Russell moved into the three bedroomed home in Bracken Close with her husband James, daughters Paige (pictured) and Beth and son Gabriel. She said
We love the large family kitchen here. For the first time we can all sit round the kitchen table for meals and the children then use it to do their homework. It’s a great family home – everything’s been thought of.
The 20 new homes at Bracken Close off Burdett Road, include 4 one bedroom maisonettes, 8 two bedroom houses and 8 three bedroom houses. The land had originally been occupied by Rochester House, a block of council flats that needed refurbishment. They homes are some of the first council houses to be built in the district for over 20 years. Wealden District Council were 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.