Neighbours have been getting to know each other at a special welcoming event at the new council homes built by Lovell in Southwark, London.
A ‘street party’ was held in July at the new blocks on Sumner Road with around 60 of the new residents and their families meeting each other on the landscaped communal area.
Tenants have been moving into the 70 new council homes since the spring, with several of them moving in from cramped or over-crowded conditions like new resident Claire Fearom.
Claire said: “I was living around the corner in a one-bed flat which was too cramped for a family of six. We moved in May to Sumner Road into a three-bed and we are over the moon.
“There’s loads of space for us all. It means everything. I don’t need to worry now. I know my kids are going to grow up here and they’re very happy.”
Stuart Gibbons, managing director for Lovell London said “It was heart-warming for our team to see so many happy residents and hear their stories. Lovell aims to change lives and create opportunities, and this event certainly demonstrates that we have succeeded in doing so here at Sumner Road.”
The event also included an official opening ceremony with Deputy Mayor Cllr Barrie Hargrove cutting the ribbon to welcome tenants to the new homes. He was joined by other councillors including the Cabinet Member for New Homes, Cllr Leo Pollak.
Cllr Pollak said: “Southwark has the largest council house building programme in London and we have already delivered over 600 new council homes in the last six years.
“But we are doing more than just building homes, we want to help new communities develop and get to know their new neighbours and friends, which is why we’ve been organising these welcome events. For new residents to meet and share their stories and experiences we can help our new communities get off to the right start.”