Happy tenants say hello to new homes

Published Tuesday, 1st November 2016
Brayshaw's Bungalows
Cllr Dominic Beck and John Brayshaw's widow, Barbara, open the new Brayshaw's Bungalows at Kimberworth

Two new build Council bungalows have opened their doors to two local families with disabled children.

The new homes - known as Brayshaw's Bungalows - are dedicated to the memory of former Rotherham Council housing repairs manager John Brayshaw, who died suddenly last year. John had the initial idea to build the bungalows, and identified an innovative way to fund the project – using the money saved by generating efficiency savings on repairs projects throughout the year.

Both of the three-bedroom bungalows on Redscope Crescent, Kimberworth are designed for wheelchair users and people with a disability. The new tenants already lived in the Kimberworth area, but their previous homes were not suitable for their needs.

The new bungalows were officially opened on Thursday 13 October by Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing, and John Brayshaw's widow, Barbara. John's daughter Frances was also at the opening ceremony.

Cllr Beck said: "Helping people and families affected by disabilities is one of the priorities of Rotherham Council's new Housing Strategy. I am pleased to say that both families who have moved in to these two new bungalows love their new homes and it will make a huge difference in their quality and enjoyment of life.

"These new homes are also a fitting tribute to our friend and colleague John Brayshaw. John would have been very proud to have been here today to see his vision become a reality, and these wonderful homes are a fitting legacy."

Gavin Scott, Executive Director at Mears Group, said: "This project has been a real team effort and one we are honoured to be associated with. We have a joint commitment to improving the lives of Rotherham Council tenants and it's one of those partnerships that truly, on both sides, understands what partnership working is all about."

John Brayshaw's widow, Barbara, said: "These bungalows are a wonderful testament to John's dedication to his work, and what can be achieved in these difficult times in local government given some inspiration, creative ways of funding and a lot of hard work.

"It was lovely to meet everyone and hear their kind words and thoughts about John and the success of this project. Frances and I were delighted with the outcome, and feel sure that John would have been proud."

The new homes have been specially designed and built by Mears Group, one of the Council's maintenance partners. The project was jointly funded by both organisations.