Cabinet member for housing hands-over new homes for heroes

By on 20/03/2012 in News

Ex-armed forces personnel in Birmingham will today receive new high-quality properties thanks to an initiative spear-headed by Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing.

Three properties, which are part of 12 homes to be completed exclusively for ex-armed forces personnel, will be handed over today 20 March at 11.15am.

One of the receipts of the homes will be Anthony McGowran, 24, Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who served in Afghanistan.  Anthony will move into his new home with his wife, their two year-old daughter and newborn baby.

The homes for heroes are situated on the newly created address of Poppy Drive in Northfield.

The city council’s house building scheme – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, the Alderson Trust, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and developer Galliford Try Partnership have worked in partnership to create the 12 properties.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It's important that there are council houses for those who have served for their country, and there is home to return to, I believe our brave ex-service personnel should be a priority for housing.

“The 12 property development is a mix of bungalows, houses, and apartments which have been created in response to the need of homeless ex-service personnel.  I'm proud to support those brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our country.  This development is another step for the council in helping to tackle the demand for homes.”

The key hand-over event will be attended by trustees of the Alderson Trust (set up after the Second World War to house servicemen injured in action), members of the armed forces, veterans, Cllr John Lines, Birmingham's Lord Mayor, representatives from Galliford Try and the HCA.  Cllr Lines will hand-over the key to the Chairman of the Alderson Trust and Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Cllr Anita Ward, to signify the council handing-over the properties to the Trust.

Galliford Try Partnerships' Director, Sean Bowles commented: “We are immensely proud to be involved with the provision of quality homes for our brave ex-service personnel.  The delivery of sustainable buildings that positively impact the local communities in which we operate is our mission, and this project is a real example of what can be achieved.”

David Rhead, Area Manager for the HCA in the Midlands said: “This is an excellent scheme supporting ex-service personnel in Birmingham and these bungalows are part of 79 homes we are investing in the south of the city.  Through our Public Land Initiative, we are investing a further £4.7m into the city, supporting the Council to deliver their ambitions for housing and economic growth in Birmingham.”

The council has a close working relationship with the Alderson Trust and has close links with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association along with the Royal British Legion.

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Notes to editors
Photocall / filming opportunities 20 March, 11.15am at Frankley Lane site. The site is on the junction of Merritts Hill and Frankley Lane, just before entering the lanes adjacent to Merritts Hill, Northfield, B31.

Interviews offered: Anthony McGowran, Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Cllr John Lines, Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Galliford Try and Brigadier Banham 143 Brigade Mercian Regiment.

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