Ceremonial plaque on first council house installedPublished Wednesday, 24th July 2019
Council leaders have unveiled a plaque to commemorate the first ever council home in the borough.
Usually commemorative plaques adorn buildings where famous people have been born or lived.
Rotherham Council has instead taken the unusual step to install a commemorative plaque on the borough’s first ever council house in order to celebrate 100 years of council housing.
The plaque has been installed on number one First Avenue in East Dene, which still remains the property of the council 100 years since it was built. It was the first of a swathe of new homes to be built by the then local authority when council housing began a century ago.
This comes the same week the council unveils plans for a shared ownership scheme, which aims to make home ownership affordable.
The plaque was unveiled today by Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council who has also put forward a motion to Council to reaffirm commitment to the provision of social housing for the next century. He said: “This plaque celebrates a century of council housing and also our on-going commitment to building council housing for generations to come.
“Council housing is just as important now as it was 100 years ago, if not more so, and we know we have over 6500 people on our waiting list. We are working hard to provide more options for people and to continue to maintain quality housing for our existing and new tenants.”
He added as part of the Council’s ambitious housing growth programme, the Council is committed to increasing the range of housing options available to people wanting to live in and across the borough.
The first tranche of the Council’s shared ownership scheme, called ‘The Bellows’, is also set to launch this week at Bellows Road, Rawmarsh.
Both events celebrate the past and the future as the authority embarks on the biggest council housing delivery programme for more than a generation under its Rother Living brand, inspired by Rotherham’s rich history of industry. The programme will deliver 253 homes for council rent or shared ownership - of which 36 are already built - and at least 160 planned for the next three years.
The Rother Living shared ownership scheme gained one of largest allocations of funding by Homes England (the Government’s housing agency) to be granted to a local authority in South Yorkshire. It is designed to provide affordable home ownership opportunities where people can part buy and part rent.
Within The Bellows development there will be 30 two and three bedroomed houses for shared ownership, two of which are adaptable and ready to accommodate wheelchair users with enough space to put in a through lift if required. Alongside these are 28 rented homes, consisting of two bedroomed houses, one and two bedroomed apartments.
The first Bellows Road homes will be completed in August 2019 with all due to be ready to move into by the end of year.