At today’s Council Meeting in the Town Hall, Labour Councillors will mark and celebrate the 100 year anniversary of council housing in Rotherham. We’re moving a motion marking this national centenary and we’ll be reaffirming our support for council housing.
This year marks the centenary of the Housing Act 1919 which allowed local councils to build their own homes. Rotherham’s first council house is 1 First Avenue, East Dene with the first tenant occupying the property in 1920. Cllr Dominic Beck, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council, will move our motion to celebrate this anniversary. Our motion will also reaffirm our commitment to council housing and the benefit it still holds for many people across Rotherham.
Our motion is one of many acts of celebration to mark the 100 year anniversary of council housing. Rotherham Council began its celebrations at the recent Tenants Open Day and launched a special edition of the tenant magazine Home Matters. The Council has also published a short film celebrating the role of council housing in our borough with stories from local residents and tenants.
Before today’s Council Meeting, Cllr Dominic Beck and local Labour Councillors in Rotherham East – Cllr Wendy Cooksey and Cllr Deborah Fenwick-Green – also unveiled a plaque on Rotherham’s first council property in East Dene this morning.
Our motion also highlights the work being done to build brand new council homes for local people by this Labour Council in Rotherham. We’re investing to build more high quality, affordable council homes at sites across the borough. Sites in Maltby, Rawmarsh, East Herringthorpe and Broom are being developed as part of one of the biggest council home building schemes anywhere in the country.
You can read our motion at today’s Council Meeting at item 17 on the link below.