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Wiltshire council homes ready for Christmas

These will be the first council-owned homes in Trowbridge since the authority’s housing was transferred to West Wiltshire Housing Society (now known as Selwood Housing). People can bid for the houses through the Homes4Wiltshire scheme.

The 31 houses are part of a project to provide 65 new council-managed homes in the Salisbury and Trowbridge areas, which is supported by a £4.3m investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

New tenant Selina Molcher said: ‘We’re really pleased we have been able to get a house with a garden as it will really benefit our children as they grow up.

‘We are excited to be moving in and spending the first Christmas in our new home.’

John Brady, cabinet member for housing, said: ‘These are the first council houses to be built by Wiltshire Council and to get them finished, and tenants moved in by Christmas, is amazing.

‘We’ve paid a lot of attention to ensuring the properties are what local people need and want and that they will contribute positively to their surrounding areas and communities.’

HCA’s area manager Claire Hennessey added: ‘Investing in affordable new housing is a priority for us.

‘We know there is demand for high quality affordable housing in places like Trowbridge, and councils can play a big role in helping to meet this need.

‘It’s great to see new homes being delivered by the council here in Wiltshire.’

All the new properties are built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which means they will more energy efficient than those built to standard building regulations. They include a mixture of high thermal efficiency of the walls, roof and windows, and efficient gas central heating boilers. These measures will help tenants save money on their fuel bills.

Provision of additional features including external rainwater butts, internal recycling bins, low flow showers, cycle storage and low energy internal lighting all help to make the homes more energy efficient.

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