Affordable homes opened in Falfield

Gazette Series: Resident Sue Organ cuts the ribbon at new affordable homes in Falfield, joined by, from left, Steve Webb MP, Councillor John O’Neill, Councillor Matthew Riddle and Nick Medhurst, chairman of Knightstone’s board. (7907427) Resident Sue Organ cuts the ribbon at new affordable homes in Falfield, joined by, from left, Steve Webb MP, Councillor John O’Neill, Councillor Matthew Riddle and Nick Medhurst, chairman of Knightstone’s board. (7907427)

TWO new affordable homes have been opened in Falfield to help meet the need for rural rented housing.

Knightstone Housing developed the houses, with South Gloucestershire Council giving the land for free as well as contributing £50,000 towards the scheme.

The Homes and Communities Agency, the national housing and regeneration agency for England, also put £70,000 into the project.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the site of the Orchard View homes, which are both occupied and are being managed by Merlin Housing Society.

Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb was among guests, together with Knightstone's board chairman Nick Medhurst, ward councillor John O'Neill and Matthew Riddle, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council's adults and housing committee.

The houses, built by Gloucester-based Markey Construction, were opened during the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week.

Mr Medhurst said "Knightstone is committed to providing more rural housing and we’re working closely with South Gloucestershire Council and other local authorities to achieve this."

Councillor Riddle said: "Providing affordable housing for our rural communities is a priority for the council and I’m delighted that through our partnership with Knightstone Housing, we’ve been able to open these two new homes."

Merlin’s development manager, Peter Crouch, said: "We’re always looking for opportunities to increase the amount of rural homes we manage, so are delighted to be working with Knightstone Housing to give two families an affordable home."

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4:03am Fri 11 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

Merlin’s development manager, Peter Crouch, said: "We’re always looking for opportunities to increase the amount of rural homes we manage, so are delighted to be working with Knightstone Housing to give two families an affordable home."
Well now, if the Pensions Minister were to do the honest and honorable thing and stop the freezing of pensions in certain countries around the world which stop pensioners emigrating to join family, go to a warmer clime or whatever is unimportant but what it would do is free up some housing and save the government money by their not availing themselves of the many free services that are provided in the UK thereby saving an estimated £3,500 per pensioner even after the cost of uprating their pension to what it should be. Convincing the Minister to remove the anomaly of the freezing and actually save money is proving to be a typical politician blindness problem.
Merlin’s development manager, Peter Crouch, said: "We’re always looking for opportunities to increase the amount of rural homes we manage, so are delighted to be working with Knightstone Housing to give two families an affordable home." Well now, if the Pensions Minister were to do the honest and honorable thing and stop the freezing of pensions in certain countries around the world which stop pensioners emigrating to join family, go to a warmer clime or whatever is unimportant but what it would do is free up some housing and save the government money by their not availing themselves of the many free services that are provided in the UK thereby saving an estimated £3,500 per pensioner even after the cost of uprating their pension to what it should be. Convincing the Minister to remove the anomaly of the freezing and actually save money is proving to be a typical politician blindness problem. Freda Piles
  • Score: 8

7:42am Fri 11 Jul 14

Cuthbert Thickett says...

OK Freda, we get it. You comment on every story featuring Steve Webb with your personal issue (Yes and many like you) Why don't you try some other avenues, write to him, Tweet on his twitter page, write on his facebook wall, lobby his local Libdem party find a way to vote against him. You have made your point, we get it.
OK Freda, we get it. You comment on every story featuring Steve Webb with your personal issue (Yes and many like you) Why don't you try some other avenues, write to him, Tweet on his twitter page, write on his facebook wall, lobby his local Libdem party find a way to vote against him. You have made your point, we get it. Cuthbert Thickett
  • Score: 0

7:57am Fri 11 Jul 14

RobtheFox says...

Glad you get the poınt Cuthbert and the fact that efforts are made to hıghlıght the dıscrımınatıon agaınst 4% of pensıoners world wıde...around 550,000 should trıgger support amongst those who cherısh the concept of faırness and justıce.
You may rest assured that the methods and avenues you suggest are beıng used and wıll contınue to be so used - as wıll opportunıtıes ın local newspapers.
Glad you get the poınt Cuthbert and the fact that efforts are made to hıghlıght the dıscrımınatıon agaınst 4% of pensıoners world wıde...around 550,000 should trıgger support amongst those who cherısh the concept of faırness and justıce. You may rest assured that the methods and avenues you suggest are beıng used and wıll contınue to be so used - as wıll opportunıtıes ın local newspapers. RobtheFox
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

Thankyou for noticing my comments Cuthbert and just maybe Mr Webb will do the right and honest thing and stop the discrimination against these pensioners if he has a conscience at all. Surely as a Member of Parliament , if he is happy to do this then his position in parliament is in question as this is not in line with the code of conduct expected from MP's. I would ask you to check what has been said and if you are so concerned then ask him yourself. His replies to us are never answered properly but just whitewash quote that the government do not intend to make any change of policy.
Thankyou for noticing my comments Cuthbert and just maybe Mr Webb will do the right and honest thing and stop the discrimination against these pensioners if he has a conscience at all. Surely as a Member of Parliament , if he is happy to do this then his position in parliament is in question as this is not in line with the code of conduct expected from MP's. I would ask you to check what has been said and if you are so concerned then ask him yourself. His replies to us are never answered properly but just whitewash quote that the government do not intend to make any change of policy. Freda Piles
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

Oh for Cuthbert and all, your MP, Mr Webb thinks that because of the freezing policy and the fact that these pensioners get some assistance in some cases from the countries involved he is 'happy' to freeload on them.
What a great show of British fair play against the Commonwealth countries where this is also contra to the new Commonwealth Charter that the Queen signed just a year or so ago. As Pensions Minister, he should have the interests of ALL pensioners first and not just those that he chooses.
Oh for Cuthbert and all, your MP, Mr Webb thinks that because of the freezing policy and the fact that these pensioners get some assistance in some cases from the countries involved he is 'happy' to freeload on them. What a great show of British fair play against the Commonwealth countries where this is also contra to the new Commonwealth Charter that the Queen signed just a year or so ago. As Pensions Minister, he should have the interests of ALL pensioners first and not just those that he chooses. Freda Piles
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Sun 13 Jul 14

simon1212 says...

I completely understand the plight of pensioners but these 2 houses are not enough we need another 2000 of these for the young working people who are still living with parents and need their own properties. The main problem with the Thornbury side of South Gloucestershire is that the councils are far more concerned with the pensioners issues as opposed to the problems young working people face. There just needs to be a bit more balance.
I completely understand the plight of pensioners but these 2 houses are not enough we need another 2000 of these for the young working people who are still living with parents and need their own properties. The main problem with the Thornbury side of South Gloucestershire is that the councils are far more concerned with the pensioners issues as opposed to the problems young working people face. There just needs to be a bit more balance. simon1212
  • Score: 2

3:56pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

Yes Simon1212, I take your point and just wonder where these houses are to be built. Is it yet more farmland being taken over and how far can this go on before the country becomes one big housing estate. In filling on certain places is a good idea as long as it does not take away the green areas that we all appreciate. I would ask you to look at this : http://www.stamfordm
ercury.co.uk/news/op
inion/letters/letter
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-be-gifted-to-town-1
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Should some of these young people decide to emigrate to say Canada, for example, where there is quite a housing boom and a lot of space to do it in, they would also be hit in retirement with the freezing should they keep up their contributions to the National Insurance Fund.
How many pensioners are living in houses that would be more suited to the young working men and women I wonder, so providing alternative accomodation for them would go part way to solving the problem which was my point previously.
Yes Simon1212, I take your point and just wonder where these houses are to be built. Is it yet more farmland being taken over and how far can this go on before the country becomes one big housing estate. In filling on certain places is a good idea as long as it does not take away the green areas that we all appreciate. I would ask you to look at this : http://www.stamfordm ercury.co.uk/news/op inion/letters/letter -green-spaces-should -be-gifted-to-town-1 -6133005 Should some of these young people decide to emigrate to say Canada, for example, where there is quite a housing boom and a lot of space to do it in, they would also be hit in retirement with the freezing should they keep up their contributions to the National Insurance Fund. How many pensioners are living in houses that would be more suited to the young working men and women I wonder, so providing alternative accomodation for them would go part way to solving the problem which was my point previously. Freda Piles
  • Score: 4

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