Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP declared that she was "hugely impressed" by Ipswich Borough Council's new homes being built at Bader Close in Priory Heath.
Emma was making a return visit to Ipswich at the invitation of Council Leader and Parliamentary Candidate, David Ellesmere after meeting David and hearing about Ipswich Labour Party's plans to build new homes for rent in our town.
Emma took a tour of the Bader Close site accompanied by David, Borough housing portfolio holder Cllr John Mowles and staff of Keepmoat, the construction firm building the homes for the Council. She heard that the Council was helping to develop the next generation of construction workers by insisting that its contractors take on local school leavers as apprentices.
The visit included a walk through the development which will eventually comprise of 108 new homes and a look inside the first completed two and four-bedroomed homes which will have tenants in them by Christmas. Emma commented that this was one of the biggest new council developments that she had visited and cited Ipswich was a great example of what a Labour government would be encouraging local authorities to do.
The houses represent the largest development of council houses in Ipswich for half a century. Labour has pledged to build 200,000 homes per year if it wins the General Election in May.
David Ellesmere said: "I was delighted to welcome Emma back to Ipswich so she could see the progress we have made. Five families will be living here before Christmas and over one hundred more families will take up residence within the next twelve months. That is the difference Labour is making in Ipswich."