RESIDENTS are set to move into a state-of-the-art social housing development after it opens in Timperley.
Bowker Court, named after the late Councilor Ray Bowker, is a block of 30 one and two bedroom apartments on Carrfield Avenue.
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Built by Trafford Council and Trafford Housing Trust, the development is the first of its type to be built in Trafford in over ten years.
Cllr Andrew Western, leader of the council, opened it alongside Cllr Bowker’s wife Hazel Bowker and Trafford Housing Trust chief executive Larry Gold.
Cllr Western said: “I am extremely proud to have helped open these stunning new social housing units – the first of a long series which we plan to open this year as part of our commitment to help solve the social housing crisis.
“This program is in a fantastic location and will go some way to meeting the huge demand for social housing.
“Trafford, like many others, is desperately short of new homes that people can afford to live in and providing them will always be a priority for the council.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to the officers and board members and colleagues of Trafford Housing Trust for all their hard work.”
A life resident of Timperley, Cllr Bowker died in January 2020. Some 18 years prior, he had been awarded an MBE for his community service.
And as mayor of Trafford in 2000, he raised over £70,000 for the charities Trafford Crossroads and Trafford Young Carers Project.
After Bowker Court opened, Ms Bowker said: “It was a very emotional day and I am so proud that this social housing is named after Ray.
“My husband was extremely passionate about social housing and was involved in this program from the start, working closely with council officers and Trafford Housing Trust. Many thanks to everyone involved – Ray would have been very honored today. today.”
Mr Gold added: “Bowker Court is a great example of what great social housing should look like, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of the building’s opening and delighted that Hazel was able to cut the ribbon. Ray was a a great supporter of this development as well as a former board member of Trafford Housing Trust and – as Chairman of the Governors of Broomwood Primary School – a true force for good in the community.
“Trafford Housing Trust is committed to tackling the housing crisis, and these new social rent properties are a great example of how we are delivering on that ambition, with much more to come.”
As well as 30 one and two bedroom apartments, Bowker Court also has 30 bicycle spaces and 40 car spaces. It is electric and triple glazed, which makes it energy efficient and durable.