New affordable Telford homes named after former Mayor
A new affordable housing scheme in Telford has been named in honour of a former mayor and community champion.
Malcom Randle Close, in Malinslee, recognises the remarkable contribution of Malcolm Randle, who served on Great Dawley Town Council and was the mayor from 2018 until his death in March 2020.
Malcolm’s family, including his daughter Tanya, were invited to be part of the opening, where stories were shared of Malcolm’s Mayorship and all the great things he achieved in the local area.
Malcolm Randle Close features 38 eco-efficient homes, all for affordable rent from The Wrekin Housing Group. The development has been built by Living Space and comprises of four one-bedroom maisonettes, nine two-bedroom houses, 21 three-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom bungalows. All of the homes are designated for affordable rent, and six of the properties are purpose-designed for disabled residents.
A number of homes at the site are installed with Solar PV panels and battery storage to generate significant energy savings.
Wayne Gethings, Group Chief Executive at The Wrekin Housing Group said:
“Malcolm Randle Close is another excellent example of how partnership working can help us to achieve our aims of developing the good quality, affordable housing that Telford needs. It has been so rewarding to see this project take shape.
“People across our communities are feeling press, and we are determined to do everything we can to help those who are struggling. These homes are being let at an affordable rent, which is at least 20% below local the standard market rents. The homes that feature solar panels and battery-storage will enable our tenants to make savings of around 35% off their electricity bills.
“I am especially pleased that the road has been named after Malcolm, who did so much for residents and the town over many years. This is a fitting recognition for his outstanding contribution.”
Cllr Ian Preece, Mayor of Great Dawley Town Council said:
Malcolm Randle Close is a prime example of what great affordable housing should look like. I am delighted to see that there will be a street named in his honour. I am incredibly proud to take part today and delighted that Malcolm's family were able to join us. Malcolm was a real force for good in the community and he was a fierce advocate for ensuring that local people could afford to live in the area where they grew up.
“I am sure Malcolm would have been delighted and his family must be very proud of his legacy.”
Councillor Shaun Davies (Labour) Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council and Ward Member for Malinslee and Dawley Bank commented:
“We are delighted to honour the memory of Malcolm Randle by naming this development after him. Malcolm was a real pillar of the local community and an important figure in the history of both Great Dawley and the wider Telford & Wrekin area.
“Telford & Wrekin Council is committed to tackling the housing crisis, and these new affordable homes are a great example of how we are working closely with our partners to help increase supply of affordable housing and to ensure it is used for those most in need, including for those who may be faced with homelessness.”
Malcolm’s daughter Tanya Lloyd said:
“It is wonderful to know that my dad’s name will live on in this way. These new homes are great tribute to his work and his commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to quality and comfortable housing. He would have been so thrilled to know that the people in the community which he was so proud to be a part of, will have a wonderful new home on a street bearing his name.”
18th May 2022