Fun day as new play area opens in Horncastle

24 July 2015

Residents, old and new, enjoyed a fun-filled community event at our new £12 million Centurion Park affordable housing development in Horncastle, organised by us and our contractor at the site, Geda Construction.

Opening of toddler play area in Horncastle

The event got underway with the opening of a new toddler play area on the development’s green open space by Councillor Stan Avison, Chairman of East Lindsey District Council.

It was followed by an afternoon of free fun, food and activity including jugglers and stilt walkers, a live band, face painting and a bouncy castle. Children also enjoyed Play Ranger activities and being able to sit in the driving seat of a JCB digger.

Celebrity chef Rachel Green cooked up tasty dishes to showcase quick meals cooked from fresh ingredients, including produce that was donated from the local allotments.

There was also information for residents from the police community safety team and from Waterloo on applying for housing and managing your rent under Universal Credit benefit changes.

The new development is providing 106 new homes for rent and shared ownership and a toddler play area. East Lindsey District Council has contributed almost £900,000 towards the new housing project, which is also supported by £2.1 million of government investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The work has included demolishing and replacing some outdated maisonettes and improving and extending the adjacent allotments. Over half of the properties are now completed and occupied by local people, with the remaining homes due to follow early next year.

Councillor William Gray, Portfolio Holder for Communities at East Lindsey District Council, said: “Through our partnership with Waterloo we’ve been able to build over 450 new homes over the past four years.  I hope those moving into these new homes in Horncastle are happy there for many years to come.”

Special recognition at the community event was given to long-serving resident Colin Peckman who was presented with a gift by the Mayor of Horncastle, Councillor Angela Birchall.

“I moved into a maisonette here in 1960 and moved out temporarily 53 years later when building work got underway. Earlier this year I moved into one of the lovely new bungalows,” said Mr Peckman.

Speaking about the new homes and play area, Councillor Birchall said: “I’m so proud that Horncastle has got something like this.”

Homes available to rent are let through Homes Direct, the online choice-based lettings service run by Waterloo in partnership with the District Council. The next phase of rented homes at the site will be advertised on Homes Direct in February 2016. If you live in the local area and are looking for affordable rented housing, register now on Homes Direct so you will be able to apply when the homes are advertised.

There are also opportunities to buy your own two or three bedroom home at the development through shared ownership, with prices starting from £27,500 for a 25% share. See our Waterloo Homes website for more details.

There are more photos of the Horncastle community fun day on Flickr.