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Big demand for council homes in Swansea community prompt further development

Swansea Council's continued investment in council homes in the city is helping to return a former community building into three new family homes in Fforesthall.

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In previous years, the community has suffered with anti-social behaviour and resulted in a low take up in council housing by potential tenants with many properties boarded up during the early part of 2000.

An increase in investment and closer community working between the Council and tenants has since led to huge demand for properties in the area with more than 150 families on the waiting list for homes in and around Fforesthall and Fforestfach.

The latest plans involve converting Ty Forest Community House, Rhodfa'r Brain, back into three family units and continues the Council's aims of investing more than £52million into council housing across Swansea.

Ty Forest Community House has been operating as a community building since 2003 when former councillor and cabinet member for Housing - Lilian Hopkin, wanted to make use of some of the empty buildings. The group running the facility gave notice to the council of their intention to leave in January 2020.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes, Energy and Service Transformation, said: "Our latest plans highlight a real success story in the transformation taking place in Fforesthall community.

"In years gone by, it has proven difficult to house people in properties in the area - but that has completely changed with a growing demand for families wanting to be housed there.

"Homes are now in demand so we are taking the opportunity to return the community building back into homes - which is what it was built for in the first place.

"I'm thrilled that the Council and tenants have been able to turn around the fortunes of this community and make it, once again into a desirable place to live."

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery and Operations, and son of former councillor Lilian Hopkin, has welcomed the latest plans. He said: "My mother was passionate about developing and maintaining community spirit across Swansea.

"If there were council houses that had been empty for long periods, she wanted to ensure those buildings could be used to benefit those living in the area and not be a blight on the community. My mother would be over the moon that the fortunes of Fforesthall are changing. I'm sure she would welcome the building once again be used as housing - giving families the chance to live in safe, good quality homes."

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