Grandmother helps launch first new homes in Derby for 20 years
Written by Scott Buckler   
Friday, 25 February 2011 10:07

A local grandmother has become the first to reap the benefits of new council housing in Derby for 20 years.Partners of the new housing development at Cowsley Road in Chaddesden joined Mrs Zawadzki this week to mark the launch of the first completed council homes.Mrs Zawadzki will move into one of the eight new properties along with her eight grandchildren, aged between three and sixteen, for whom she has taken responsibility after their mother passed away last year.


Representatives from Derby City Council, Derby Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Bramall Construction came along to the launch to meet Mrs Zawadzki.

She said: “It’s so exciting to be one of the first new residents at Cowsley Road. The house is really spacious and means that the children have room for their things and to play. It even means my only granddaughter who is 16 won’t have to share a bedroom with her younger brothers.

“School is just down the road which means we can walk there rather than drive and the children are happy that they haven’t had to move away from their friends in the area. The improvements to our lifestyle will be enormous.”

Councillor Ingall, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

Today is a very proud day for Derby City Council, Derby Homes and the people of Derby.

“A lot of hard work has gone into getting us to this point and a big thank you needs to go to the HCA for providing the funding for these homes. It gives me great pleasure to hand over the keys to Mrs Zawadzki and I wish her and her family the very best in their new home.”

Amin Khosravi, Investment and Regeneration Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “We are pleased to invest in this scheme, which is providing high quality new affordable homes for local people. The good work that the city council is doing to help the new residents make best use of the eco features of the homes will also help to encourage a low-carbon new community.”

The homes are built to Code Level Four and Five of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes and include features such as photovoltaic panels, recycling units and low flush toilets.

A second scheme of 25 homes at Elton Road, Osmaston has also been funded for the city by the HCA. These homes are due to be launched in March 2011.

Source: ©HCA

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