Centenary booklet traces 100 years of council housing
23rd April 2020
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Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils have compiled a 24-page booklet to celebrate the centenary of the Addison Act, which started large scale building of social housing in the UK.

The booklet tells how Dr Christopher Addison recognised that good quality housing had a direct link to health and wellbeing. As a result, he guided the Housing and Town Planning Act through Parliament, paving the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years.

Also included in the publication are residents' personal memories of housing in Lewes district and Eastbourne from years past, views on how it has changed and stories of its significance in people's lives.

The booklet showcases an array of old photographs illustrating the developments in local housing.

In addition, it contains an article about The Addison, the first development of new council properties completed through Aspiration Homes - a partnership between Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet member for housing at Eastbourne Borough Council, said: "I'm delighted we are celebrating 100 years since Addison's watershed legislation with this first-class booklet which I'm sure our tenants will enjoy reading.

"Through Aspiration Homes, it is fantastic to see the realisation of our joint vision with Lewes to increase the supply of affordable homes locally."

Download the booklet

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