Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New housing in Seabrooke close to completion

THE first new major council housing development in Grays is nearly complete and two top councillors joined Housing Director Barbara Brownlee there on Monday.

Council leader and ward member, Cllr John Kent, and deputy leader Cllr Barbara Rice, were at the Seabrooke Rise development on Monday (9 March).

The development sees 53 new Thurrock Council homes, part of the council’s plan to build at least 200 affordable new homes a year for the next five years.

Both councillors had a chance to see for themselves the dramatic transformation from dilapidated garages into one-, two- and three-bedroom homes for local people.

The three blocks which make up the development, will also have a communal courtyard and a purpose-built community hall is also included for the benefit of the estate and its neighbours.

The development has other additional benefits for the local community including employment for local people and training opportunities provided by Willmott Dixon and their sub-contractors as well as reduced energy and fuel costs for residents.

Cllr John Kent said: “As a ward member I have taken a close interest in the development and I’ve been watching closely as the building grew from the ground up.

“The cranes have dominated Grays’ skyline for months and it was great to get a close-up view of the scheme.”

“This project represents the future of Thurrock and as such it is built with the future in mind – sustainable materials design to reduce impact on both our local and global environment. There’s reduced risk from flooding and the combined heat and power unit will mean cheaper energy bills for families.”

“I am impressed by what I have seen today and I look forward to seeing the finish product.”

Cllr Barbara Rice added: “We have set ourselves an impressive target of building more affordable homes in Thurrock and I’m pleased to see how well we are doing.

“Looking back it is difficult to remember that less than a year ago this was just garages; now it is not only weeks away from providing top-quality affordable homes for local people, but has also given work and training opportunities too.

“Over 30 per cent of the people working here today are local residents, including the crane operator who lives only a street away.”

“We are well in the process of delivering the biggest ever home building programme in Thurrock and Seabrooke Rise is only the beginning.”


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