Boost for housing in Wells

IAN CLARKE A new charity providing much-needed new homes for people in Wells is being given a £2,000 boost thanks to the town's Christmas Tide event.

IAN CLARKE

A new charity providing much-needed new homes for people in Wells is being given a £2000 boost thanks to the town's Christmas Tide event.

Homes for Wells was set up to give local people the chance to live, work and raise their families in the town.

Most households in Wells have a joint income of £20,000 or less but the average terraced house now costs more than ten times as much


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A recent survey by Wells Area Partnership found 52 households had experienced a family member having to move out in the past five years because of house prices.

In a town of less than 2500 people, 20pc of the houses are second homes.

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The survey also found 64 households in need of affordable housing (18 couples, 24 families and 22 single people), six needing open-market homes and 35 households in immediate need.

96pc said they would support an affordable housing development for local people.

Peter Terrington, from Homes for Wells, said: “Christmas Tide is a great example of the community spirit in Wells and something that Homes for Wells is working to protect. This generous donation will go some way to helping us provide housing specifically for people with a strong tie to Wells”

“Residents and visitors are probably well aware that the community in Wells is increasingly at risk from the pressures of rising house prices, encouraged by the popularity of the town for second homes and retirement. Homes for Wells is a voluntary enterprise that is working to regain the balance in our community through housing. Every donation helps.”

The Christmas Tide event was organised by Wells Business Forum and chairman Peter Rainsford said it had been “an outstanding success.”

“The weather could have been kinder and the dismal forecast may well have kept some folk away, but it is a tribute to the organising team that it all worked brilliantly. The many hundreds who attended were rewarded with a very special event and a stunning firework display to illuminate Santa's arrival by sea from Lapland.

“An event like this is a huge undertaking and this year we were fortunate to have the services of our very talented event coordinator, Sarah Wise, who made it all so much easier for the rest of us.”

*To find out more about Homes for Wells visit the website: www.homesforwells.org.uk or ring 01328 711378.

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