New Diss homes launched to tackle housing waiting list

Visitors to the launch of new homes in a Norfolk town were treated to the rare sight of town councillors playing their violins.

The opening of Saffron Housing Trust's four new homes in Willbye Avenue, Diss was given a musical accompaniment by town councillors Adrian Kitchen and Elizabeth Dewhurst, who played madrigals on their violins.

The sounds were fitting as Willbye Avenue is named after the composer John Wilbye, who was born at nearby Brome during the 16th century and was famous for his madrigals.

The Trust is hoping the two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes will reduce the 3,805 people on South Norfolk Council's housing waiting list.

Saffron architect Jacinta Webb designed the homes, which are next door to existing Saffron Housing Trust homes.

So far, the trust has built 4,800 homes, the majority of which are in South Norfolk.

Saffron chief executive Adam Ronaldson said: 'Despite the current economic climate, Saffron is very pleased to be able to offer more homes in Diss.

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'Saffron not only has a commitment to maintaining its existing properties, many of which are in this area, but also to provide much needed homes for the people of South Norfolk.'

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