Salford’s first council housing built in 25 years is celebrated with street party

By Kevin McHugh

A street party held in Salford last Friday marked the completion of the first council houses built in the city for 25 years.

The Mayor of Salford, Councillor Eric Burgoyne, and MP Barbara Keeley were at Linnyshaw Close in Walkden to celebrate the end of a £13.5 million housing project that has created 101 new homes across the city.

The street comprises of the last houses of an enterprise launched to meet the rising population demands of Salford and the scheme has helped create jobs and training opportunities in the Greater Manchester area.  

The new homes are more environmentally friendly than older generation council houses so are designed to save energy and leave a reduced carbon footprint.

Chantelle Flynn moved into Linnyshaw close with her partner and two children on 22 August and has been impressed with the new homes.

She said: “It’s absolutely amazing – a lot better than we expected. It feels like our home and we feel like we can build a family here.

“There’s a really nice community with lots of other families around. The kids have already made their own Linnyshaw Close gang!”

Following the official opening of the close by Mayor Burgoyne, the new residents came together under a marquee set up for the occasion and enjoyed their first party as a community.

Face painting and putty modeling was available for children, and Salford City Radio were there to provide the music.

Councillor Peter Connor, lead member for housing, said: “It’s great to see this project finished and people living in their new homes the street party is a great way for the community to get to know each other and celebrate the first council homes to be built in Salford for a quarter of a century.”

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