Thu 27 July 2017
Braintree’s railway history has been immortalised in a new road name, following a competition organised by Colne, the Essex-based housing association.
Colne invited local residents to suggest a name for the new access road to the former Crossman House site off Station Approach, where 21 modern affordable homes are under construction, due for completion this autumn.
The winning entry – ‘Great Eastern Close’ – was submitted by Wayne Claydon, from Newnham Close, who was a familiar face as Braintree station’s ticket office supervisor before he retired in 2015. He had worked at the station for 34 years.
He said: “The land in question and surrounding area was acquired by Great Eastern Railway for the extension of the line from Braintree to Bishops Stortford that opened in October 1869. It has sadly long gone but would have been a massive asset today as it passed what is now Stansted Airport.
“I feel very honoured and excited that my entry was chosen as my two oldest brothers Bing and Gary drove steam trains many years ago from Braintree to Witham.”
Colne has teamed up with their development partner Iceni Homes and Braintree District Council to build the one and two-bed apartments on the Crossman House site, a former Essex County Council office block which was demolished last November.
Colne’s Operations Director Helen Gregory said: “We thought the new street name was absolutely perfect and congratulate Wayne for keeping Braintree’s railway history alive.
“Colne is committed to enabling people in Braintree and the surrounding areas to live independently by providing affordable homes to meet their needs and to help ease the local housing crisis.”
The homes are being offered at affordable rents to local residents on Braintree District Council’s housing register after the site was acquired with a £325,000 grant from the council, supported by a £360,000 grant from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Braintree Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, said: “There is a great need for affordable housing in the district. It is crucial the council works with housing associations like Colne to meet this need. I look forward to seeing people from the district move into their new homes later this year.
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