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THE COLNE HOUSING SOCIETY OPEN
THEIR NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES DEVELOPMENT
IN ST. OSYTH


On Wednesday 18th June the Colne Housing Society, in partnership with the St Osyth Almshouse Charity, invited guests to join them in an opening ceremony of the development to be known as ‘The Priory Meadows’.
This development of sixteen affordable homes built at a total cost of £1,819,000, began in March last year and was completed on 31st March this year 2008. The building was undertaken by a major local builder ‘Rose builders’ and Steven Rose a director, was amongst the invited guests.
The land had been transferred to the St Osyth Almshouse Charity who own six almshouses in the village, by Essex County Council, for the Charity to develop alms houses, but after a long period of time spent unsuccessfully searching for financial support, Alan Clinton, Almshouse Chairman, reached an agreement with the Colne Housing Society, who in exchange for the land being granted to them preferentially on a very long lease, agreed to build sixteen properties of which St Osyth Almshouse Charity would have exclusive nomination rights to five two bedroom bungalows in perpetuity, for tenants fitting their own criteria.
Colne Housing have built these properties to be exactly what they are described as being - ‘Affordable Homes’ with weekly rents for the 2 three bedroom houses @ £90.83; 1 four bedroom house £100.21; 3 one bedroom houses £61.95 and 5 two bedroom houses £86.03.
This quality development is something that all connected with its progress from drawing board to completed properties, can be justly proud!

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Visitors grouped ready for the opening ceremony










The Chairman of Colne Housing, Bill Frame introduces the High Sheriff of Essex,
Sarah Courage, who will perform the opening ceremony


Guest line up for a formal photograph to commemorate the opening of the development.
From left to right: Sonia Grantham, Chairman St Osyth Parish Council; Roy Smith,
Chairman of Tendring District Council; Alan Clinton, Chairman St Osyth Almshouse Charity; Sarah Courage, High Sheriff of Essex; Bill Frame, Chairman Colne Housing Society; Mark Powell Davies, Chief Executive of Colne Housing Society and John White, Parish Councillor and member of Colne Housing Management Board.

Alan Clinton, Chairman of the St Osyth Almshouse Charity was invited to plant a tree to commemorate this important event in our village. Alan has been the driving force behind bringing about the transfer of the land (click) from Essex County Council to St Osyth. This included an area for Parish Council to convert into a recreational facility for our teenagers and to his Almshouse Charity for low cost housing development.
It is freely said in the Parish that if it had not been for Alan’s tenacity in overcoming numerous obstacles during nearly five years of negotiating with the County Councils legal department, this area today would have remained a derelict site with vandalised former school buildings the only thing showing through masses of weeds!


This small plaque placed next to the newly planted tree.


Here Alan Clinton (far distance facing the crowd) addresses visitors gathered to
witness the tree planting ceremony. He used the opportunity to thank all those
involved in producing such a magnificent development which will be rented for
very low cost sums. He thanked Rose Builders for the quality of the work.

A presentation was made to three ladies heading the list of those invited. From the left: Sandra Howard, Development Director of Colne Housing Society (shortly to retire); Sarah Courage, High Sheriff of Essex and Joy Clinton, wife of Alan Clinton and his right hand ‘man’.

20/6/08


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