Wickford council houses are the first to be built in borough for 20 years

Echo: The council homes in Brock Meadow The council homes in Brock Meadow

THE first council homes to come to Wickford since 1992 are being built, the Echo can reveal.

The last time a batch of council homes were built in the borough, The Soviet Empire had collapsed for just a year, but the Tory-led Basildon Council has struck a deal with developers.

Bloor Homes is building a 68- house development in Brock Meadow, Wickford.

It will provide 11 new council homes as part of the agreement.

The new homes will be ready by the summer and will go some way to easing crippling waits on the council’s social housing register.

Councillor Phil Turner, deputy leader of Basildon Council, went to inspect the homes ahead of their July completion date.

Mr Turner, who is also the authority’s councillor responsible for housing, said: “It is great to see our new council homes almost complete.

“This is a very important part of our housing provision strategy and as such it is right up there at the top of our priorities.

“This development will offer quality accommodation and modern family homes to our residents and the build quality sets the tone for what we are trying to achieve as standard.”

A specially-designed bungalow suitable for a disabled person was built in Basildon Drive, Laindon, last year, but this will be the first set of council homes. Earlier this year, the council revealed there were more than 2,500 people on the housing register entitled to a council home.

However, the council has since created different criteria to reduce the number of people waiting, including demands that people have a seven-year local link to apply to go onto the list.

The council will also unveil the homes before its own housebuilding company – designed to build properties on small patches of local authority-owned land – gets into full swing.

Mr Turner added: “This is a springboard providing a great start to the council’s plans to set up its own housing company.”

The Bloor Homes development is part of a variety of schemes in Wickford, with Golden Jubilee Drive also being developed.

A full planning application for more than 500 homes on the former Runwell Hospital site is also in the pipeline.

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12:34pm Wed 16 Apr 14

emcee says...

Only eleven, in 20 years. At that rate, why bother?
As has been hinted though, it really is time that entire swathes of land, earmarked for development, are used for social housing ONLY and not sold to developers, who then only go on to build their paltry quota of social housing. Not only will it still keep builders building but will stop lining the pockets of the greedy developers, who will try and get away with minimal contributions.
Only eleven, in 20 years. At that rate, why bother? As has been hinted though, it really is time that entire swathes of land, earmarked for development, are used for social housing ONLY and not sold to developers, who then only go on to build their paltry quota of social housing. Not only will it still keep builders building but will stop lining the pockets of the greedy developers, who will try and get away with minimal contributions. emcee
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12:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

emcee wrote:
Only eleven, in 20 years. At that rate, why bother?
As has been hinted though, it really is time that entire swathes of land, earmarked for development, are used for social housing ONLY and not sold to developers, who then only go on to build their paltry quota of social housing. Not only will it still keep builders building but will stop lining the pockets of the greedy developers, who will try and get away with minimal contributions.
Well it's better than your lot, nuLiebour, who built nothing but were quite happy to support illegal developments.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Only eleven, in 20 years. At that rate, why bother? As has been hinted though, it really is time that entire swathes of land, earmarked for development, are used for social housing ONLY and not sold to developers, who then only go on to build their paltry quota of social housing. Not only will it still keep builders building but will stop lining the pockets of the greedy developers, who will try and get away with minimal contributions.[/p][/quote]Well it's better than your lot, nuLiebour, who built nothing but were quite happy to support illegal developments. Kim Gandy
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12:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Truth always hurts doesn't it Emcee. You hate it when I'm right.
Truth always hurts doesn't it Emcee. You hate it when I'm right. Kim Gandy
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1:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Nelly99 says...

Oh good. Just in time to house all the Romanian pickpockets!
Oh good. Just in time to house all the Romanian pickpockets! Nelly99
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Nice new houses for the tenants to exercise their right to buy on in a few years.....
Nice new houses for the tenants to exercise their right to buy on in a few years..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

1:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Dear Mr Turner.

How about using the now abandoned car park opposite the petrol.station at Roundacre for a small development of Council properties?

Good use of a brownfield site and the chance to knock a few off the number of houses you and your mates in the Council keep telling us you have to build
Dear Mr Turner. How about using the now abandoned car park opposite the petrol.station at Roundacre for a small development of Council properties? Good use of a brownfield site and the chance to knock a few off the number of houses you and your mates in the Council keep telling us you have to build Howard Cháse
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1:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Discouraged says...

Dame Shirley Porter. Homes for votes Scandal.
Dame Shirley Porter. Homes for votes Scandal. Discouraged
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3:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ?
Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ? CarnMountification
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3:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ?
Should have built them some very tall high rise flats, keeps all those Council flat dwellers, in one ghetto.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ?[/p][/quote]Should have built them some very tall high rise flats, keeps all those Council flat dwellers, in one ghetto. CarnMountification
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3:46pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

CarnMountification wrote:
CarnMountification wrote:
Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ?
Should have built them some very tall high rise flats, keeps all those Council flat dwellers, in one ghetto.
They're saving the high rise blocks for Lake Meadows Park......
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Looking at those plush cottage / bungalows,one thought comes to mind, they are far too good for them, where's the outside loos and critall windows ?[/p][/quote]Should have built them some very tall high rise flats, keeps all those Council flat dwellers, in one ghetto.[/p][/quote]They're saving the high rise blocks for Lake Meadows Park...... Howard Cháse
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8:31pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Idontknowy says...

Eleven houses wow that'll make a difference with all the incomers to the area who have either been forced to move out cos London boroughs too expensive and the influx of other nationalities
Eleven houses wow that'll make a difference with all the incomers to the area who have either been forced to move out cos London boroughs too expensive and the influx of other nationalities Idontknowy
  • Score: 3

11:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Oh good. Just in time to house all the Romanian pickpockets!
Only after a few years

http://www.echo-news
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[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: Oh good. Just in time to house all the Romanian pickpockets![/p][/quote]Only after a few years http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10476100 .New_born_and_bred_r ule_for_council_home s/?ref=rc Nebs
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