New Council Homes Make Tenants Green
New council homes have been built in Derby for the first time in 20 years and they have been built with eco-friendly smart technology.
Residents have been moving into eight properties in Cowsley Road, and 25 homes at Elton Road, Osmaston.
Grandmother Mrs Zawadzki was one of the first residents to move in along with her eight grandchildren, aged between three and 16, for whom she has taken responsibility after their mother passed away last year.
She said: “It’s so exciting to be one of the first new residents at Cowsley Road. The house is really spacious and means that the children have room for their things and to play. It even means my only granddaughter, who is 16, won’t have to share a bedroom with her younger brothers.
“School is just down the road which means we can walk there rather than drive and the children are happy that they haven’t had to move away from their friends in the area. The improvements to our lifestyle will be enormous.”
Councillor Ingall, cabinet member for housing at Derby City Council, said: “Today is a very proud day for Derby City Council, Derby Homes and the people of Derby.
“A lot of hard work has gone into getting us to this point and a big thank you needs to go to the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) for providing the funding for these homes. It gives me great pleasure to hand over the keys to Mrs Zawadzki and I wish her and her family the very best in their new home.”
The homes are built to Code Level Four and Five of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes, and include features such as panels which soak up energy from the sun, recycling units, low flush toilets and a thermal efficient design and heating system.