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Housing Minister visits Medway to view new-build council homes
Medway is leading the way in efforts to improve the housing
market nationally, according to Housing Minister Gavin Barwell
following a visit to view new homes in the area.
Minister MP Gavin Barwell officially opened Centenary Gardens
in Gillingham on Thursday, 16 February – one of the largest
council-built energy efficient bungalow sites in the UK.
Medway Council welcomed the Minister to view the new-builds
which form part of an £8.5million housing development programme,
and meet some of the residents enjoying their new homes.
He viewed a selection of the properties on the site, which
comprises 32 one and two bed bungalows for social rent. They were
created with older tenants and people with mobility problems in
mind and are suitable for those looking to downsize, as well as
people who struggle in their current living accommodation. Some of
the properties are fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Affordable new homes
The affordable homes are on the former Gillingham Community
College site, which backs onto Beatty Avenue, Cornwallis Avenue and
Woodlands Road, and were built by contractor Chartway.
The site was named Centenary Gardens to commemorate 100 years
since World War One – as plans for the project were given the go
ahead in 2014.
Medway Council's Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing
Cllr Howard Doe said: “We are very proud of Centenary Gardens and
we were very pleased to welcome the Minister to officially open the
"Not only are the homes affordable, they cater especially for
those who are less-mobile and some have been specially designed for
wheelchair users. The aim of this housing project was to offer
people the chance to rent good quality, energy-efficient homes that
they can afford, and it’s safe to say we have achieved this.”
'Medway is leading the way'
Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: "It was a
fantastic opportunity to officially open Centenary Gardens today,
an energy efficient bungalow site that showcases the range and
diversity of our housing ambitions as set out in our Housing White
"Medway is leading the way in efforts to fix our broken housing
market and making sure that this is a country that works for
This new development follows on from the success of phase one of
the multi-million pound project, which saw the creation of 26 homes
on former council garage sites in Twydall and Gillingham.
The 32 homes at Centenary Gardens and those on former garage
sites in Twydall and Gillingham, all contribute towards the
council’s existing social housing stock.