Ribbon’s cut on first new Brighton and Hove council housing in 20 years

Ribbon’s cut on first new Brighton and Hove council housing in 20 years

Ribbon’s cut on first new Brighton and Hove council housing in 20 years

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Residents have spoken of their joy after the ribbon was cut on the first council homes built in Brighton and Hove for more than 20 years.

Fifteen new homes were unveiled in Wellington Road, Brighton this week, marking the culmination of a historic £1.6 million renovation of a derelict site.

The local authority hopes the homes will be the first of many with proposals for another 75 council-built homes in development.

Balchin Court has been developed on the site of former sheltered housing scheme and squat Ainsworth House, which had been unoccupied for about 18 months.

The site contains three four-bedroom family houses with gardens, two wheelchair accessible with gardens and 10 one and two-bed flats.


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The council said the new homes were a response to the huge housing demand in the city with 17,000 applicants on the housing register and a shortage of family-sized homes with hundreds of families waiting for four bed homes.

All the homes are owned and managed by the council, built on council land and funded mainly by the local authority with additional funding from the Government’s Homes and Community Agency.

In addition to these new homes, the council has made a bid for Government funding to build 45 extra-care flats and are working on plans for another 30 council homes on other small sites.

In memory One of the new residents is Geraldine English who was widowed seven years ago and was looking to downsize after her six children moved out of her family home.

She said: “It’s a delightful flat and it’s so much more economical and I love the view from my balcony.”

Balchin Court has been named after the late tenant rep Brian Balchin, a member of the original Building New Council Homes group, who died at the end of 2011.

His daughter, Paula Carter, said: “I am so proud of my Dad, he would have been on top of the world to see this day.

“He really loved to help people, and it is fitting that this great development has been named after him.”

Green Councillor Bill Randall, chairman of the housing committee, said: “Balchin Court is the first development of new council homes for decades in the city that we have delivered through close work with our tenants.

“Not only are these top quality homes that meet tough environmental and security standards with some fully wheelchair accessible but where possible we have used local labour and apprenticeships.”

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11:25am Sat 14 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

....And I wonder what percentage will go to those (of all colour and creeds) that have not lived in Brighton for more than 5 minutes previously?
....And I wonder what percentage will go to those (of all colour and creeds) that have not lived in Brighton for more than 5 minutes previously? spencer1973
  • Score: 13

11:30am Sat 14 Sep 13

Martha Gunn says...

Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 17

12:16pm Sat 14 Sep 13

rolivan says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development rolivan
  • Score: 12

1:26pm Sat 14 Sep 13

Martha Gunn says...

rolivan wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development
Thank you for the clarification.

Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build?

They are running out of time.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development[/p][/quote]Thank you for the clarification. Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build? They are running out of time. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 12

2:19pm Sat 14 Sep 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development
Thank you for the clarification.

Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build?

They are running out of time.
Don't hold you breath.

Cycle paths and clearing up after travellers and squatters seems to be the focus for the greens
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development[/p][/quote]Thank you for the clarification. Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build? They are running out of time.[/p][/quote]Don't hold you breath. Cycle paths and clearing up after travellers and squatters seems to be the focus for the greens Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 10

3:30pm Sat 14 Sep 13

Angryoldman says...

The same picture is showing for the murder in Brighton flat!
The same picture is showing for the murder in Brighton flat! Angryoldman
  • Score: 6

3:35pm Sat 14 Sep 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Amazing they have done this since they got into power? Or is Randall thinking back before he jumped on Green Bandwagon?
Amazing they have done this since they got into power? Or is Randall thinking back before he jumped on Green Bandwagon? upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Sat 14 Sep 13

PorkBoat says...

The story's about the new flats, so they put up a pic of the ones across the road? Get your **** act together Argus, you are a pi55 poor excuse for a "newspaper".
The story's about the new flats, so they put up a pic of the ones across the road? Get your **** act together Argus, you are a pi55 poor excuse for a "newspaper". PorkBoat
  • Score: 8

5:56pm Sat 14 Sep 13

Nikski says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development
Thank you for the clarification.

Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build?

They are running out of time.
Numpty Gunn. These are the first new Council homes for over 20 years; I don't think the Greens have been in power that long, so at least they can take the credit for building some new housing, which is 15 more than the previous administrations can do in all that time. Why not acknowledge something positive for a change? The "let's knock the greens at every opportunity and blame them for all the ills in the city whilst conveniently ignoring anything good" rants are getting a little tedious. Change the record pal.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development[/p][/quote]Thank you for the clarification. Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build? They are running out of time.[/p][/quote]Numpty Gunn. These are the first new Council homes for over 20 years; I don't think the Greens have been in power that long, so at least they can take the credit for building some new housing, which is 15 more than the previous administrations can do in all that time. Why not acknowledge something positive for a change? The "let's knock the greens at every opportunity and blame them for all the ills in the city whilst conveniently ignoring anything good" rants are getting a little tedious. Change the record pal. Nikski
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Sat 14 Sep 13

leftysmellbags says...

I hope they had plenty of interpreters to translate their joy for their new homes
I hope they had plenty of interpreters to translate their joy for their new homes leftysmellbags
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Sat 14 Sep 13

ourcoalition says...

All we need is another couple of thousand homes to solve the City's crisis - and to do that we need our fantastic Coalition to release the funds (perhaps by cancelling the pointless HS2 rail link, or stopping spending our taxes on glory hunting wars in the Middle East).

But now I am entering fantasy land - a bit like the racist comments above!!!!
All we need is another couple of thousand homes to solve the City's crisis - and to do that we need our fantastic Coalition to release the funds (perhaps by cancelling the pointless HS2 rail link, or stopping spending our taxes on glory hunting wars in the Middle East). But now I am entering fantasy land - a bit like the racist comments above!!!! ourcoalition
  • Score: 5

7:39am Sun 15 Sep 13

Gaz Scott-Gaz Scott in a Marxist Squat-RickH-AlanPare-Bob Day-All 9 of me-I am a waster says...

ourcoalition wrote:
All we need is another couple of thousand homes to solve the City's crisis - and to do that we need our fantastic Coalition to release the funds (perhaps by cancelling the pointless HS2 rail link, or stopping spending our taxes on glory hunting wars in the Middle East).

But now I am entering fantasy land - a bit like the racist comments above!!!!
Well I disagree

We have enough property to look after all long term residents of Brighton, if we build more then we will attract more people.

The Greens appear not to care about Brighton people, initially they did but we are seeing what they are really like now. We are like a cancer on the south East and no Govt in their right mind would pump money in to allow it to be wasted.

I don't think you are entering fantasy land but have been living in it for too long - get real
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: All we need is another couple of thousand homes to solve the City's crisis - and to do that we need our fantastic Coalition to release the funds (perhaps by cancelling the pointless HS2 rail link, or stopping spending our taxes on glory hunting wars in the Middle East). But now I am entering fantasy land - a bit like the racist comments above!!!![/p][/quote]Well I disagree We have enough property to look after all long term residents of Brighton, if we build more then we will attract more people. The Greens appear not to care about Brighton people, initially they did but we are seeing what they are really like now. We are like a cancer on the south East and no Govt in their right mind would pump money in to allow it to be wasted. I don't think you are entering fantasy land but have been living in it for too long - get real Gaz Scott-Gaz Scott in a Marxist Squat-RickH-AlanPare-Bob Day-All 9 of me-I am a waster
  • Score: 2

7:39am Sun 15 Sep 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Can Bill Randall tell us why he used the mayoral car to drive to London and Bexhill when everyone else is instructed by his cronies to use public transport or bike?
Can Bill Randall tell us why he used the mayoral car to drive to London and Bexhill when everyone else is instructed by his cronies to use public transport or bike? Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 3

10:49am Sun 15 Sep 13

HJarrs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Can Bill Randall tell us why he used the mayoral car to drive to London and Bexhill when everyone else is instructed by his cronies to use public transport or bike?
More to the point can you explain why conservative and Labour administrations did not build one council house in 20 years! No wonder we have a housing crisis.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Can Bill Randall tell us why he used the mayoral car to drive to London and Bexhill when everyone else is instructed by his cronies to use public transport or bike?[/p][/quote]More to the point can you explain why conservative and Labour administrations did not build one council house in 20 years! No wonder we have a housing crisis. HJarrs
  • Score: 4

3:11pm Sun 15 Sep 13

Andy R says...

spencer1973 wrote:
....And I wonder what percentage will go to those (of all colour and creeds) that have not lived in Brighton for more than 5 minutes previously?
None. No-one can get a council anywhere on that basis.

Oh....I've just seen who I'm replying to. No surprise at all.....
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: ....And I wonder what percentage will go to those (of all colour and creeds) that have not lived in Brighton for more than 5 minutes previously?[/p][/quote]None. No-one can get a council anywhere on that basis. Oh....I've just seen who I'm replying to. No surprise at all..... Andy R
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Sun 15 Sep 13

whatevernext2013 says...

Nikski wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
Hang on a minute.
Something a bit odd here.
I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago.
So in what sense are they "new"?
I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development
Thank you for the clarification.

Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build?

They are running out of time.
Numpty Gunn. These are the first new Council homes for over 20 years; I don't think the Greens have been in power that long, so at least they can take the credit for building some new housing, which is 15 more than the previous administrations can do in all that time. Why not acknowledge something positive for a change? The "let's knock the greens at every opportunity and blame them for all the ills in the city whilst conveniently ignoring anything good" rants are getting a little tedious. Change the record pal.
maybe if they spent all that money on homes and not on bike lanes the housing list might get a little smaller
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute. Something a bit odd here. I remember these council flats being in use at least twenty years ago. So in what sense are they "new"?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the photo is of the Flats across the road not of the new development[/p][/quote]Thank you for the clarification. Do we have by any chance photographs of the other nine hundred and eighty-five houses the Green Party promised to build? They are running out of time.[/p][/quote]Numpty Gunn. These are the first new Council homes for over 20 years; I don't think the Greens have been in power that long, so at least they can take the credit for building some new housing, which is 15 more than the previous administrations can do in all that time. Why not acknowledge something positive for a change? The "let's knock the greens at every opportunity and blame them for all the ills in the city whilst conveniently ignoring anything good" rants are getting a little tedious. Change the record pal.[/p][/quote]maybe if they spent all that money on homes and not on bike lanes the housing list might get a little smaller whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

7:41pm Sun 15 Sep 13

whatevernext2013 says...

Angryoldman wrote:
The same picture is showing for the murder in Brighton flat!
well it is murder to get a council home in Brighton
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: The same picture is showing for the murder in Brighton flat![/p][/quote]well it is murder to get a council home in Brighton whatevernext2013
  • Score: 4

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