Right ‘royal’ start for £6.2m housing development

Trent & Dove Housing, Maplevale Developments and children from Anglesey Primary Academy have come together to celebrate the ‘start on site’ of their latest £6.2m housing development in Queen Street, Burton.

Inspired by the development’s ‘regal’ location and HM The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle this weekend, Trent & Dove decked the halls of the neighbouring community centre with red, white and blue to put on an indoor street party that the recent showery weather couldn’t spoil.

Children from Anglesey Primary Academy were invited to create a time capsule to be planted within the development.

Pupils from all years created either a birthday card or letter to The Queen with the two winning entries from each class being included in the time capsule, which is to be removed from the ground and opened in another 90 years.

Tyesha, aged 6, from Anglesey Primary Academy, was one such winner.

“I like The Queen because she has a nice crown. In my letter, I told her all about where I go to school and my favourite songs. I like ‘Let It Go’ and ‘In Summer’. I hope she does too.”

Charlotte Hopkins, Headteacher at Anglesey Primary Academy said:

“The children have enjoyed this task immensely. The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations have really fired their imaginations and it was enormously difficult to select just two winning entries from each class.”

“The children have had a truly wonderful time and we can only hope Her Majesty enjoys her own party at the weekend as much as we have today.”

Stilt walkers, a magician and balloon artist were on hand to keep the children entertained whilst they tucked into ‘Patrons Lunch’ style hampers provided by Maplevale Developments. Each child also took home a copy of ‘The Birthday Crown’ by David Cali and Kate Slater. The book tells the tale of The Queen’s quest to find the perfect crown to wear for her 90th birthday party.

Guests were welcomed to the event by Mark Lewis, Chair of the Board for Trent & Dove, Mayor of East Staffordshire, David Leese for whom this was his final official appointment, Kerry Stevens from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Richard Kirkland of Maplevale Developments.

Built at an anticipated cost of £6.2m and part funded by the HCA, the Queen Street development will comprise of 87 homes available for affordable rent, shared and private ownership.

Speaking at the event, Mark Lewis said:

“We are enormously pleased to be bringing yet more quality, affordable housing to the area. Many of these properties will become safe, warm and comfortable homes for children and their families attending Anglesey Primary Academy.”

“I’d like to thank all the children and teachers for putting so much effort into today and for making this event truly memorable. I’m sure some of the boys and girls here today will be around to see their time capsule opened in 2106.”

“Hopefully, they’ll have better weather for the occasion”.