Councillor Saima Ashraf, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, met two very happy Becontree Heath residents this week.

She popped in to visit Kyle Belshaw and Omolola Fashedemi who moved into recently built homes in Althorne Way in Dagenham to see how they were enjoying their new homes six months on. 

Both Kyle and Omolola’s homes were part of the development at Trinity South in Becontree Heath involving 170 homes built by Countryside, including 87 affordable homes for shared ownership and London Affordable Rent (equivalent to Council rents) for the Council’s housing arm, Reside.  The stunning new homes were let last year but Covid-19 restrictions prevented the councillors from visiting the properties until now.

Kyle said: “It was great to host Cllr Ashraf and it was so nice of her to pay a visit. I love my new home and it’s been a fantastic boost for me and my family.”

Omolola said: “It’s wonderful Saima paid a visit. My new home is lovely and I am sure I will enjoy many happy years here!”

Councillor Saima Ashraf said: “It was great to meet Kyle and Omolola at last, and I am so glad to see they have settled in so well.

“I can honestly say I was impressed with the quality of these new homes, which is so important, because these are the first of many hundreds of great new homes that Be First will be delivering for the Council over the next few years for local people at rents they can afford.”