George Cross hero welcomes new homes

By on 16/03/2011 in Video News

 

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher (George Cross) today endorsed Birmingham City Council's plans to build family homes exclusively for ex-service personnel.

The council announced construction is set to begin on 12 new homes, in partnership with the Alderson Trust, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and developer Galliford Try at a a celebratory event to mark the launch of the housing scheme at Bar Nuvo Brindley Place, courtesy of Galliford Try.

Speaking at the launch, Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher (G C ) said he hoped other local authorities would follow Birmingham's example and do the same, adding that “if each council committed to donating 12 homes to ex-service personnel that would mean thousands of homes would be available exclusively for them across the country.”

Sergeant Roger Waters (37), also welcomed the news. Sergeant Waters has served 8 years in the Army and currently serves in the Territorial Army. He has served in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan during his career.

“It's great to see that something is being done to show that people actually care for those who have served in the forces. The fact that these homes will be available for people like me who are returning from duty is touching. All the lads will appreciate that the council and its partners have gone out of their way to do something positive and show that they appreciate us and support us.”

Other guests included people from the Ministry of Defence and those who work with ex-service personnel, including the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Lines said the homes are the first of many planned by the partnership in response to the need of homeless ex-service personnel.

The homes are part of 706 homes that are currently in various stages of development through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT),the housing building arm of the council. 

The 12 new homes will be built in Bartley Green, South Birmingham, on a 0.72 acre site, which is a short distance from Queen Elizabeth Hospital and right on the edge of the green belt.

Due for completion in 2012, the homes are a mix of houses, bungalows and apartments, which are being built to the highest specification. The Alderson Trust already owns 16 homes in north Birmingham.

Councillor John Lines said:

“We are building homes for our heroes and their families because we believe there should a priority for housing our brave ex-service personnel.

“The homes are part of over 700 we are delivering across Birmingham through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

“In light of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, we want to support those brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our country and this is one small step we are taking to help tackle the demand for homes, which unfortunately, currently exceeds availability.”

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Notes to editors
1. Artists' impression of new homes and images from today's event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157626271349838/
2. For more information on the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust visit: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bmht

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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