Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones has hailed Swansea Labour’s council house building strategy after a visit to a project in Milford Way, Penderry.
He saw for himself the first council housing project of its kind in Swansea for nearly 40 years in the Penderry Ward.
“It’s fantastic to see Swansea Council building council houses providing a roof over the heads of so many people,” he said.
“For years they were stopped from doing so by a Conservative Government in London. This is the Welsh Government working with councils to make sure we build council houses again.
“I used to live not far from here for a couple of years so I know the area pretty well. We know there is a need for houses and we need to make sure people have house they can afford to live in. That’s why it is so important under Swansea labour that council houses are being built again.”
Councillor Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services, said the new council houses are an exciting development for the city.
“The 10 family houses and eight apartments in Milford Way not only will they help tackle the need for affordable housing, but their innovative design cuts down on fuel bills and reduce Swansea’s carbon footprint,” she said.
Not only did the First Minister visit Penderry but he also went to Uplands, the new Gowerton School in Elba and Penyrheol Labour candidate, Andrew Stevens’ farm in Gorseinon.
The First Minister said he is very impressed with what is going on under the Swansea Labour administration in the city of his birth.
“Swansea Council is being run very well and it’s wonderful to see. Rob is an excellent leader and we have the signing of the Swansea Bay City Deal and he was instrumental in seeing that deal going through,” he said.
“Swansea Council is doing very well. I remember very well that over the years nothing much happened in Swansea, but under a Labour council we are seeing tremendous development all across the city.”
“The past few years under the leadership of Rob Stewart and his team have been remarkable. We are really seeing the city going places now. And it now needs to see another Swansea Labour council elected after May 4th to keep the momentum going.”
CAPTION: L-R Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister, Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, and Councillor Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services.