Wrexham development 'impressive' says Finance Minister
Published by Sarah Manners for Wales & West Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Welsh Government Finance Minister Jane Hutt with apprentices on site at WWH's £15m development in Wrexham
Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt, visited Wales & West Housing and Wrexham Council’s £15m development in Hightown yesterday, to see how the major regeneration project is progressing.
The visit comes just weeks after news that the employment of local labour through WWH’s North Wales contractors, Anwyl Construction Ltd, will provide an estimated boost of £50m to the local economy.
The provision of training opportunities with local sub-contractors is a key aspect of this development and already eight local young people are benefitting from apprenticeships on site.
The development will provide a new medical centre and community resource centre, as well as 127 good quality, affordable homes across two sites on Kingsmills Road and neighbouring Rivulet Road, with a further 20 planned.
The development, supported by £6.6m from the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme, is progressing on time and on budget and the first residents are due to start their tenancies this April.
During her visit to the site the Minister said: “There are many benefits to this impressive scheme. Not only does it aim to provide a major boost to the regeneration of Wrexham town centre it will also provide attractive new affordable homes. Residents will also benefit from a fit-for-purpose community and medical resource. The scheme itself is also creating significant work and training opportunities for the wider community.
“I am sure this scheme will be a great success and I hope that this development will go on to benefit people in the local community for many years to come.”
Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Minister today and show her how Welsh Government funding is being put to good use to provide more much needed affordable and good quality homes for local people. Wales & West Housing has a proactive and progressive partnership with Wrexham Council, as well as the Welsh Government, and through this we are all working to support the growth of a strong and sustainable community in the area.”
Councillor Mark Pritchard, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Planning said: “Work on this housing development is progressing well. I am delighted that this project is not only providing much needed homes for local residents, but also providing work opportunities for local people. A lot of planning has taken place I would like to thank everyone involved for their continued hard work.”
Tom Anwyl, CEO of Anwyl Construction Ltd, said: “It is important to both Wales & West Housing and us that this project provides as many high quality training opportunities as possible. That was one of the reasons why Alan Davies and Sons was successful at the Meet The Contractor event we held in June as they are hugely experienced and have a very good track record in employing apprentices.”
Jack Whitehouse (18) bricklaying apprentice with AT Davies and Sons said: “It feels really good to be part of making a change in my own town. It’s been really hard work but I love it as I wasn’t in a job before this. I can’t wait until I’m a fully qualified brickie!”
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