Weaver Vale MP, Mike Amesbury, visited Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s development of 11 affordable homes on Springfield Avenue, Helsby, last week to meet with partners and look at progress being made on the site.
The £1.6m development, which got underway in January this year, is transforming the former sheltered housing site into two- and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent. Weaver Vale Housing Trust is working with contractor partner M&Y Maintenance and Construction Limited to deliver these new homes.
Both Weaver Vale and M&Y are committed to ensuring that their work benefits the local community around its developments. WVHT and M&Y are involved in various local initiatives including supporting local employment through delivering a work placement through the Government’s Kickstart scheme, as well as supporting local schools by offering school leavers support with mentoring opportunities.
Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury, who is Shadow Housing Minister, said: “It’s great to see Weaver Vale Housing Trust building family homes for affordable rent, something that is much needed in the local area.
“It’s also good to see the employment opportunities that have been generated by a scheme that is playing its part in encouraging the next generation to consider a career in construction by, for example, delivering a work placement for a young person at the Springfield site funded through the Government Kickstart scheme.”
Wayne Gales, Chief Executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust commented: “This was a welcome opportunity to demonstrate the difference that these new homes will make to the local area, addressing a vital need for more affordable family homes. All the new homes are for people who live locally or have a local connection, ensuring that they create real benefit for local people.
“This development is part of an extensive development programme being led by WVHT to increase the supply of affordable homes for local people across Cheshire over the next five years. This is an important part of our commitment to creating vibrant communities and building back fairer as we tackle the significant impact that the pandemic has caused across many of our communities.”
Andy Johnson, Preconstruction Manager at M&Y Maintenance and Construction, added: “This is a fantastic project that will provide much needed quality homes for families in the area. We’re delighted to be working with Weaver Vale to bring this scheme forward, and to have the opportunity to highlight the benefits these new homes will create for local people. At M&Y we’re committed to ensuring that we create as much local benefit as we can in the areas in which we work, which is why we’re pleased to have been able to support local schools and boost local employment as we progress building these vital new homes.
Header image shows MP Mike Amesbury with representatives from M&Y and Weaver Vale Housing Trust at Helsby’s new affordable homes development.