THE first council homes to be built in a South Yorkshire town for 30 years have been officially opened.
Mayor of Rotherham Coun Shaun Wright carried out the ceremony at the £4.5 million development at Wood Street, Thrybergh.
The scheme has resulted in 28 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses as well as eight two-bedroom apartments – the majority of which have already welcomed their new occupants.
Each of the properties, developed by George Hurst and Sons, also features built-in security features.
The Thrybergh development is the third to be completed of the 132 homes being built by Rotherham Council on six sites across the borough.
Two new developments in Maltby – at Newland Avenue and Stone Park Close – have now been let with the next site – at Albany Road, Kilnhurst, now available from your Local Housing Office and the Rotherham Key Choices Property Shop. To make a request phone 01709 336005.
The 21 properties at Albany Road, Kinhurst, comprising two-, three- and four-bed accommodation, are due to be completed and ready to move in early next month.
Remaining properties to become available throughout the year will include 29 at Albert Road, West Melton, 29 at Rother View, Canklow, and five in Whitehill Road, Brinsworth.
The 132 homes, which are due to be completed by the summer, are the result of Rotherham Council being successful in its bids to the National Affordable Housing programme – receiving £8.5 million specifically for the building of council housing.
Coun Rose McNeely, Rotherham Council cabinet member neighbourhoods, said: “The Wood Street development is a wonderful end result.
“Rotherham’s housing officers did really well to secure the money.’’