- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Mid and West AM Joyce Watson and Welsh Housing Minister Carl Sargeant were in Kidwelly last Thursday (11 July) to see work in progress at Morfa Maen where Carmarthenshire County Council is building new bungalows for older people.
Andrew Collins, WRW Construction manager supervised the site visit. The Assembly members were joined by Nia Griffith MP, council leader Kevin Madge, and councillors Tegwen Devichand and Keith Davies.
Joyce Watson commented:
“It is an innovative project – the first council-built properties in Wales since the big sell-off under the Tories in the 1980s. As well as delivering quality new homes for residents, Carmarthenshire Council is employing local contractors. Wales needs more projects like Morfa Maen – I hope the other 10 house-owning councils in Wales follow Carmarthenshire’s bold lead.”
Nia Griffith said:
“It was great to welcome the Minister to see the building work in progress, and I am very proud that our Labour councillors on Carmarthenshire County Council are leading Wales. I know that local County Councillor Keith Davies has been lobbying for this for some time, and this project is very dear to the hearts of fellow Labour councillors, Kevin Madge Leader of the council and Tegwen Devichand, the Executive Board member for Housing. As life expectancy increases, so does demand for well-designed, easy to access smaller properties, and I hope these bungalows will be the first of many.”
Executive Board member for Housing, Tegwen Devichand agreed:
“I am proud that we are delivering 39 new bungalows for older people and using local contractors to do so. They will meet the Carmarthenshire homes standard and achieve level 4 of the code for sustainable homes, which is important.”
Cllr Keith Davies added:
“There has been a lot of demand for modern, high-quality homes for older residents in Kidwelly. I have lobbied for many years for new bungalows at Morfa Maen – I am delighted that the work is underway.”