Parents of former Wales football manager and captain Gary Speed have marked the start of work on a new affordable housing scheme in Flintshire, north Wales, close to where the young player grew up.
Mr and Mrs Carol and Roger Speed joined Flintshire County Council local ward member and Lead Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Helen Brown, at the ‘Llys Gary Speed’ development site off Aston Hall Lane near Aston Hill on Friday (July 15) where they met the partners behind the new affordable housing scheme.
The £2.65 million scheme, is being developed by the Pennaf Housing Group in partnership with Flintshire County Council. The scheme is part of the Social Housing Grant (SHG) Programme and the Welsh Government will provide £662,000 towards the total scheme cost. It will include 21 new homes, made up of two, three and four bedroom family homes as well as one bungalow.
The contract for the scheme has been awarded to housing regeneration experts Lovell and the scheme’s name was chosen after schoolchildren at St Ethelwold’s Primary School in Shotton suggested the scheme should be named in honour of the late Gary Speed who grew up nearby.
Gary, who died in 2011, played for the County’s primary schools’ side and attended Deeside High and Hawarden High Schools before going on to be Wales’ most capped outfield player as well as captain and manager of the national Welsh Team.
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the messages of support and the affection that people across Wales have shown for Gary. We have so many happy memories of Gary growing up here and it’s very touching that local school children suggested naming this new development after him, ” said Mrs Speed who added that she was delighted to see work start on the site.
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant said: “I am pleased the Welsh Government is providing £662,000 funding through our Social Housing Grant programme to help build these much needed affordable homes.
“Schemes such as this at Llys Gary Speed not only increase the local housing supply with good quality homes, but also support the construction industry and deliver jobs.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Helen Brown, said:
“It is excellent to be able to formally mark the start of work on these much-needed family homes. This project further enhances the great work that the Council is doing in building new council housing, affordable new homes and updating its current council housing stock for the benefit of our residents.”
Guests were welcomed to the start of work on site celebration by Dr Sarah Horrocks, Chair of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, part of the Pennaf Housing Group, which will manage the new homes when they are completed next spring:
“We’d like to thank our partners for helping us to progress the redevelopment of this key area of land and we’d also like to thank local people for the patience and support through the whole of the development period,” added Dr Horrocks.
Lovell regional director Nigel Yates says: “This is an important community development and it is extremely fitting that its name honours the late Gary Speed. Our team were delighted to help officially mark the beginning of the construction work on the scheme which will create new high-quality, well-designed affordable homes for the area.”