Mayor opens new homes

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THE new mayor of St Edmundsbury has taken office and was quickly put to work opening a new housing scheme in Bury St Edmunds.

Cllr Christoper Spicer, who represents the Pakenham Ward, was elected mayor at a ceremony held in The Athenaeum on Thursday.

He took over from Cllr Ian Houlder, while Cllr Terry Buckle who represents Moreton Hall was made deputy mayor.

And with the chains of office freshly round his neck, Cllr Spicer officially opened a new affordable housing scheme at the site of the former Merry Go Round pub in St Olaves Road on Friday.

The eight new homes, made up of a mix of two and three-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments, have been developed by Havebury Housing Partnership

In his first official engagement, the new mayor unveiled a plaque with Havebury life president Sheila Wormleighton.

“During my eight years as a councillor I have been persistent in pressing for more affordable rented housing so helping to open a housing development that is so welcome to the local community is a tremendous start to my year as mayor and I feel very privileged to take part. I send every good wish to those who are now setting up home here,” Cllr Spicer said.

Mrs Wormleighton, said: “The site was an eye-sore for many years and I know the local community welcomed the opportunity to have some much-needed affordable homes and rejuvenate the area. The homes look wonderful and were worth the wait.”

It was built thanks to a £530,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and designed by Rees Pryer Architects in Bury.