First tenant of Portsmouth City Council's new Eastern Road housing project speaks out
THE FIRST tenant of a council's new supported living housing block says his new home will '˜make all the difference in the world' to him.
Mark Tickner says he can’t wait until he moves into one of the purpose-built maisonettes Portsmouth City Council has completed on Eastern Road.
Mark is the latest Portsmouth resident to benefit from the programme, which has seen the council build more than 200 affordable and supported living houses and flats across the city and on sites the council owns in Havant.
Mark said: ‘My new home just can’t come soon enough for me. I’ll have more independence and more space to myself. I love the way it looks and I love the great views.’
Mark will move into the energy efficient £2.1m 12-bedroom development this month.
The completion of the four maisonettes and two flats will be followed in the spring by the handover of 51 flats and nine houses in Ivy Close on the site of the old Somerstown Health Centre.
Another two housing sites, totalling 86 more new Portsmouth City Council homes in Havant, are also progressing.
Leader of the council, Councillor Donna Jones, said: ‘It’s been great to have had the opportunity to meet Mark and to see what a difference this building will make to people like him.
‘We are building more council houses at the moment than any other council outside London.’
To find out more, visit portsmouth.gov.uk or call (023) 9283 4954.