Tenant delighted as Guildford builds first council homes for 20 years

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Now, for the first time in 20 years, new houses have been built in the borough

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6:01am 27th November 2014

More than 3,000 people are waiting for a council house in Guildford, with the situation is described by councillors as ‘urgent and significant’.

After a nine-year wait this man, who wishes to remain anonymous, and his family have moved into one in Normandy.

He tells Eagle, it has changed their lives: “It’s quite emotional, it’s for my son and my little girl.

“It’s more for them than for the rest of the family.

“They’ve now got their own rooms, so the bickering and violence can stop because they don’t have to share a room.

“There’s more space, it just means the world to us, it really does.

“We’ve got a home now, we’ve got somewhere that we can call home.”

The council says more than 60 new homes are set for completion in 2015.

Councillor Sarah Creedy is Head of Housing and Social Welfare at Guildford Borough Council: “We are proud of our progress towards our target of providing 80 new council homes by 2016.

“We are the first council in Surrey to take advantage of the change in how social housing is financed, enabling us to directly deliver new homes for local residents.

“More homes are needed and we will continue to work with our partners in addressing this need, but this is a significant first step to meet the needs of our community.”