On Wednesday of last week I was privileged to attend the opening of the new development by Richmond Churches Housing Trust (part of the Paragon Group which includes Elmbridge Housing Trust) at Faraday Road in Molesey.
This is a development of flats and 3 bedroom houses which are all available for social rent and I am absolutely delighted by the build quality, which would not disgrace a high end private development. The house which I saw had two bathrooms, three toilets, a lovely fitted kitchen and photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate its own electricity. Eahc house has a proper garden and – joy of joys – a shed! The flats were generously proportioned, well fitted out and each contains a heat exchanger which recycles hot air produced by the boiler and bathroom to provide heating for the flat.
This is a long way from the grim concrete blocks and dilapidated terraces which used be the stereotype of the council house. This is first rate building for the 21st century and I am delighted to see that local people in this part of the country are benefitting from such enlightened development.