July 2019 marks the centenary of the Housing and Town Planning Act, known as the Addison Act after its author, the then Minister for Health Dr Christopher Addison.
The legislation meant local councils for the first time, funded by the Government, were given a central role to play in providing affordable housing, constructed to high quality standards and available to all according to need. It paved the way for the national construction of council housing on a large scale.
To help mark this centenary, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Housing team held a celebratory cream tea at one of the authorities’ Sheltered Housing Schemes, Greenfields.
The event was attended by 100 people including the residents of Greenfields and other council properties from across the district.
Attendees enjoyed listening to music from across the decades and tucked into sandwiches along with a cream tea of cakes and scones. They played bingo and a host of outdoor games in the sunshine.
Residents were also given a chance to look back at council housing in Tending over the years with various donated photographs and a digital services stand was set up to give advice on the latest technology and online services.
Councilor Paul Honeywood, TDC Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “It is important to remember the crucial role council housing has in the district, this event has been an example of how council housing can bring together a sense of real community spirit”.
“We have a number of properties which date back to the Act and, in total, have more than 3,000 council properties that we own and manage. Work has starting to build new council properties in Jaywick Sands along with plans to acquire more properties in the coming years”. He added.