First Leicester council homes for 30 years handed over

The first Leicester council houses for more than 30 years have been handed over to their new tenants.

Nine properties in Calluna Road, West Knighton, were built with funding from the city council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The houses are the first of 146 new homes to be built across five sites.

"The need for council housing in the city is still high, but these homes will make a dent in the... waiting list," said Councillor Paul Westley.

Mr Westley, cabinet leader for housing at Leicester City Council, added: "I am delighted the first brand new council houses in more than 30 years are being handed over to tenants.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting the new tenants and looking round the homes for the first time."

Properties are also being built on Wycombe Road, Godstow Walk, Birkenshaw Road and Laburnham Road.

The city council said there were about 8,500 people on its housing register.

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