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Housing minister Gavin Barwell to open Centenary Gardens in Gillingham

By Jade Edwards

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is due to officially open Centenary Gardens in Gillingham today - one of the UK’s largest council-built bungalow sites.

The 32 one and two-bed bungalows in Beatty Avenue were built as part as part of a £8.5 million housing development programme.

The homes were created with older tenants and people with mobility problems in mind.

Centenary Gardens in Beatty Avenue, Gillingham

Centenary Gardens in Beatty Avenue, Gillingham

They’re suitable for those looking to downsize as well as people who struggle in their current homes.

The affordable homes have been built on the former Gillingham College site, which backs onto Beatty Avenue, Cornwallis Avenue and Woodlands Road.

The site was named Centenary Gardens to commemorate 100 years since World War One - as plans for the project were approved in 2014.

Medway Council’s head of housing Cllr Howard Doe, said: “We are very proud of Centenary Gardens. Not only are the homes affordable, they cater especially for those who are less-mobile and some have been especially designed for wheelchair users.

“The aim of this housing project was to offer people the chance to rent good quality, energy-efficient homes that they can afford, and it’s safe to say we have achieved this.”

The development follows on from the success of phase one of the multi-million pound project which saw the creation of 26 homes on former council garage sites in Twydall and Gillingham.

The 32 homes at Centenary Gardens and those on former garage sites in Twydall and Gillingham, all contribute towards the council’s social housing.

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