Celebrations as tenants move into council properties in Kingstone

We held a celebration event on Monday with Barnsley Council to mark the successful completion of 12 properties into council homes at Keresforth Close, Kingstone, Barnsley.

We started the work in partnership with Barnsley Council in February to convert and refurbish the former NHS staff accommodation & offices. Local contractor O&P Construction carried out the work to 11 three bed and one four bed home which has been adapted for a family with an identified need.

The event was attended by new tenants, Mayor Councillor Pauline Markham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture Councillor Tim Cheetham and staff from Barnsley Council and Berneslai Homes.  To mark the occasion a tree was planted, which will grow and develop with the scheme.

Speaking at the event Chief Executive Helen Jaggar added: “These homes have been very popular with applicants and we’ve let all properties to people from the council waiting list, prior to completion of the works. They are in a great location within easy walking distance of local primary/ secondary schools and 15 minutes from Barnsley Town Centre.  I wish all the families many happy years living and enjoying their homes.”

Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, Councillor Tim Cheetham, said: “The delivery of good quality social rented housing for people who need it is a key function of the council and these homes are a wonderful addition to the council’s housing stock, in an area where demand is high. Keresforth Close is a great example of a scheme that delivers on several fronts, bringing back into use redundant buildings and providing new high quality homes at social rent levels.”

The homes are in a great location within easy walking distance. The development is a key part of wider plans for the regeneration of the area.