David Blunkett officially opens new housing unit

(l-r) Amanda Garrad, of Together Housing Group, Peter Gleadall, David Blunkett, Coun Bob Johnson and Harry Harpham MP at the opening of the Jean Gleadall apartments, Sevenfields Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Amanda Garrad, of Together Housing Group, Peter Gleadall, David Blunkett, Coun Bob Johnson and Harry Harpham MP at the opening of the Jean Gleadall apartments, Sevenfields Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Two Sheffield politicians have opened a new housing unit in the city.

David Blunkett and MP Harry Harpham, were present to cut the ribbon on the £3.1 million Jean Gleadall Apartments.

The development in Wisewood was opened in memory of the former tenant champion.

The unit, formerly named Sevenfields, was an ambition of Jean’s, and will compromise of 29 residential spaces.

Janette Pearce, Head of Pennine Housing 2000, said: “Jean was a hugely influential figure in Sheffield and for us and this is a fantastic tribute.

“The new development will provide some much-needed independent living accommodation to this part of the city.

“It also gave us a chance to honour a fantastic servant of the people of the city.”

Lord Blunkett added: “Jean was a huge asset to the people of Sheffield and as she championed the cause of those who weren’t able to make their voices heard.

“The lack of quality, affordable housing is a huge problem in the country at the moment and this is a very welcome addition.

“She was certainly one of a kind and I’m very pleased to be able to open this fantastic development, which is a credit to Pennine Housing 2000, the area, and will last as a fitting memory to Jean.”