Tenant's delight with new home in Kings Norton

By on 24/03/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council tenants were celebrating today (24 March 2011) as the Council and housebuilder FHM officially handed over the first of 43 new family homes in Kings Norton.

The homes are amongst the first new council homes to be completed in the city for 30 years and form part of the first phase of the council's ambitious house building programme, which is currently in the process of delivering over 700 new council homes through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

New tenant Ms Sharon McKenzie was handed the keys to her new home and some congratulatory flowers to mark the special occasion by Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Lines and representatives from FHM to commemorate the special day.

Ms McKenzie will now move from her home in Erdington to a 4-bed property in Kings Norton, which is more suitable for her family. Ms McKenzie said she was thoroughly impressed by her new home:

“I'm really pleased with the new house. It's bigger and meets my family's needs much better than my former home. The new home is spacious and light and very modern. I'm also delighted with the garden and ensuite facilities in the master bedroom. I can't thank the council and its partners enough for this fresh start.”

Councillor John Lines said: “I am delighted that we can begin handing over these homes to local people. I'm delighted for Ms McKenzie and her family. They are able to move into homes that have been built to high quality and design standards, and also advanced environmental standards that will mean lower running costs and energy bills for residents.

“It also means the tenants' old homes are now freed up for other families so we are easing overcrowding.

“We have large scale regeneration planned for Kings Norton, which will eventually see over a thousand new homes in the area.”

Fraser Mercer, FHM  said: “It was important to mark such a significant event for Birmingham and its people so we were delighted both to invite Councillor John Lines and Strategic Director of Housing and Constituencies, Elaine Elkington, to share the celebration with Ms McKenzie. Local support for these schemes has been fantastic so we are pleased to be able to deliver them to the highest standard.”

Birmingham City Council's house building plans represent Birmingham's first major council house building programme in almost three decades. The second phase of building is well under way and the third phase imminent.

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Notes to editors
1. Images of handover ceremony from today's event will shortly be available on http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom
2. Video footage from the ceremony will also be added to birminghamnewsroom.com

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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