Residents celebrate brand new homes

Residents outside their new homes at the opening last Wednesday (June 14). Picture: Steve Robards
Residents outside their new homes at the opening last Wednesday (June 14). Picture: Steve Robards

Tenants celebrated receiving keys to new homes in Franklands Village - the first to be built there since the 1930s.

The village was originally founded as a result of an initiative by the local Rotary Club in response to the effects of the Depression and a need for low cost rented housing.

Residents outside their new homes. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association

Residents outside their new homes. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association

The new additions have been built by local builder Helme Hallett of Cuckfield and designed by GWP Architects of Burgess Hill.

Tenants were handed keys by the chief executive of Franklands Village Housing Association, Patricia Shadforth, at the official opening on Wednesday (June 14). She said: “These properties are the first to be built since the 1930s and shows Franklands Village Housing Association’s commitment to providing homes for local people in housing need within the area,” said Patricia.

Tenants were presented with bouquets by association chairman, Carrie Parnell, and hampers by Lucy Ingram of Waitrose in Haywards Heath.

Residents at the opening. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association

Residents at the opening. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association

The four new homes are the first to be built since the 1930s. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association

The four new homes are the first to be built since the 1930s. Picture: Franklands Village Housing Association