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Tenants mark new homes with 'royal' celebration

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Published by KDavison for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities

Tenant Lorraine Bergin feels 'like The Queen' in her new home. Tenant Lorraine Bergin feels 'like The Queen' in her new home.

Tenants in Tameside waved their Union Jack flags this week to celebrate new homes with a very royal name.

Families at the new £3m Queen Street development in Ashton-under-Lyne were treated to a Britannia-themed party and BBQ to mark the completion of 31 affordable family homes.

The street was decorated with Union Jack bunting and tenants got out their flags for the occasion.

New tenant Lorraine Bergin has moved into one of the two-bed homes with her 15-year-old son Callum.

Lorraine who works as a cleaner locally said: “I feel like The Queen in my new house and I was jumping for joy when I moved in. Even my son is so impressed and he’s just started a new school in the area.

“The homes are great and it’s so handy to have everything within walking distance like the college, the hospital and the shops.”

The scheme, owned and managed by New Charter Homes, provides a mix of one, two and four-bed houses and apartments available to tenants at affordable prices.

The development was completed on time and on budget by Rowlinson Construction Ltd, who employed four local apprentices on the site. 19-year-old apprentices Adam Langley laid a date stone at the site during the opening. In addition, Rowlinson gave work experience placements to three students on the site through neighbouring Tameside College.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency part-funded the site as part of its Affordable Rent programme and each home is built with energy saving features to help tenants save money on fuel bills.

The homes are part of New Charter’s wider new-build programme which will see around 700 homes in Tameside and Oldham by 2015.

New Charter’s Chair Fay Selvan who officially opened the scheme said: “These new homes are a fantastic replacement for the old building that once stood on the site.

“The homes provide quality accommodation at affordable prices and it’s great to see so many families settling in to a new community.”

Even New Charter’s mascot Nora The Owl made an appearance to give her very own royal seal of approval.

The official opening of Queen Street was held on Monday 30 June 2014.

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