14 families move into new council homes in Queens Park

28 August 2019

New council homes which will house 14 families, and a brand new community centre were unveiled at the Braeburn House estate in Queens Park on Friday 30 August.

To celebrate the new council homes and showcase the community facilities, Brent Council organised a community fun day. This was part of a programme of events commemorating 100 years since the Addison Act, which paved the way for councils to build new safe, secure and affordable homes.

Around 100 local residents from the neighbouring estates in Queens Park, gathered in the new community centre alongside the Mayor of Brent, local councillors and Brent officers. They enjoyed good food and music, while their children had a chance to try out the new playground.

Maureen Coughlin, Chair of Fiveways Tenants' and Residents' Association, said: "We are so happy with our new community centre. Our residents' association celebrates the diversity of Brent and we welcome everyone. We hope our new space will prove to be a beacon where we can all gather to get to know one another through a number of activities and events."

Along with the community centre, Braeburn House includes a mixture of 14 new one, two and three bedroom council homes. These homes are part of the council's programme to build 1,000 new council homes in the next two years for Brent residents.

The council is directly funding the £200 million programme to build these new homes along with £65 million from the Mayor of London.

Since the new council homes programme started in 2018:

  • 36 residents have received new council homes
  • We have reduced the housing waiting list by 36
  • 9 residents have downsized
  • 27 residents moved out from temporary accommodation

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Brent Council is committed to tackling homelessness and providing suitable and affordable homes for families who are most in need. We are also doing our bit to address poor quality homes and reducing the number of residents in temporary accommodation. The nationwide housing crisis has been decades in the making and it won't be easy to solve but we are doing everything we can to help our community. We now need the Government to match the ambition of local councils such as ours and help us to get housebuilding again."