Centenary of Housing Act is marked in Newark
A celebration to mark 100 years of council housing took place at Gladstone House, Newark.
Wednesday, July 31, marked the centenary of the Housing, Town Planning Act 1919 receiving Royal Assent.
It is generally known as the Addison Act after the Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Addison.
The celebration opened with a speech from Rebecca Rance, chief executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes, who said council housing in the district had changed since she became chief executive during the company’s inception in 2004.
“Through the Addison Act 1919, local authorities were given the task of developing Homes fit for Heroes to deal with the serious housing shortage after the war,” Rebecca Rance said.
“Backed with Government financial support, it enabled the construction of council housing at scale, bringing about the birth of council housing as we understand it today.
“With a changing population, the country is facing a housing crisis still. However in late 2018 the Government announced it will be ending the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Borrowing Cap, allowing more new homes to be built.
“At Newark and Sherwood Homes, in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Woodhead Group, we are pleased to be delivering a wide range of housing to meet the varying needs of people across the district.
“These high quality affordable homes are improving the lives of our tenants and helping to solve the national housing shortage," she said.
During the event, two council tenants who will be turning 100 during the 12 months following the centenary date, Mrs Gladys Featherstone and Ms Irene Cox, were presented with bouquets.
David Lloyd, leader of the district council, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been ahead of the game for some time now, building our own council houses to create new homes for current and future generations.
“As we celebrate 100 years of council housing, Newark and Sherwood residents can look forward to many more to come — family, single person and specialist housing that meet the different needs of our population.”
The moving exhibition will be available to view across the district during a series of free family fun days being hosted by Newark and Sherwood Homes throughout the summer.
The events will take place between 11.30am and 2.30pm at the following dates and locations: today at Ambleside Community Centre, Ollerton; Wednesday, August 14, at The Green Community Centre, Bilsthorpe; Wednesday, August 21, at Cleveland Square Community Centre, Newark, and Wednesday, August 28, at The Bridge Community Centre, Newark.