Two new family-sized houses for Boldon
Published by Michael Ord for South Tyneside Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Ms Trotter, Mr Brown, Mrs Jessop, Councillor Strike, Councillor Bell, Councillor Murphy and Councillor Jim Foreman pictured outside of the homes
Two Boldon families are celebrating moving into three-bedroomed Council homes in North Road, Boldon Colliery, following conversion work of the former Boldon Housing Office.
After the decision was made to transfer local housing services across the road to the local Village Hall, this effectively freed up the office space to convert to two three-bedroomed family sized houses to allocate to families on the housing register. Work was carried out by the Property Services workforce of South Tyneside Homes and completed in late 2012.
Louise Trotter and Steven Brown and their children and Jon and Emma Jessop and their children began their new tenancies in December. They recently met with Councillor Jim Foreman (the Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Transport), local Boldon Colliery Ward Members Councillors Alison Strike, Sherie Murphy and Joanne Bell and South Tyneside Homes Investment Director Mark Whittle to celebrate moving into their new homes.
Mrs Jessop said: “We love it. We were only in a two-bedroomed house before, so with having a boy and a girl it’s ideal moving into a three-bedroomed one.”
Mr Brown said: “We’re over the moon. It’s happened at the best time for us.” Ms Trotter said: “We’d been trying for another house for seven years. It’s excellent getting settled in.”
Councillor Strike said: “I am delighted that we have another two three-bedroomed houses back in the housing stock and we have two Boldon families now living in them. South Tyneside Homes have made a really good job of the conversion.”
Councillor Bell added, “It’s such a good news story. We now provide housing services in Boldon from the Village Hall and we have two brilliant three-bedroomed family homes as well.”
An equally delighted Councillor Murphy said: “It’s great to have two more family-sized properties for local people and to see these families settled in.”
Commenting on the delight of the families, Councillor Foreman said: “From my point of view, it’s really positive that South Tyneside Homes is bringing an old housing office into use for the benefit of the Boldon community.”
Mark Whittle, Director of Investment for South Tyneside Homes, said: “We are thrilled that these families have now moved into their new homes and that we have have carried out the conversion work to such a high standard for the Council. We wish them every happiness in their new tenancies.”