A local couple took a walk down memory lane recently when they visited the building site at 52 Reading Road, Wokingham, where a new scheme of two bedsits and seven studio flats for young people is being built.
Alan and Linda Newport used to live at the address when it was their family home between 1964 and 1971 and when they saw that their old house was being demolished they asked Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL), who are developing the site for Loddon Homes, if they could have an old chimney pot as a memento of their happy times at the address.
Linda said, “We have many happy memories of our home and it is wonderful to have a souvenir of the place where we raised our family. We plan to use the chimney pot as a container for plants in our garden.”
Bill Flood, Managing Director of WHL said, “When we received the request from the previous residents of 52 Reading Road, we were delighted to be able to give a new lease of life to an old chimney pot as a new plant pot! It was lovely to meet Mr and Mrs Newport, see how beautiful their back garden used to be and sharing with them our scheme for housing and helping young people. We will see if any of the new young residents have green fingers like the Newport’s obviously have! ”
The house at 52 Reading Road has been demolished to make way for an affordable housing development to help vulnerable young people live in their own homes. The project has been commissioned by Wokingham Borough Council through its wholly-owned housing association subsidiary Loddon Homes, and is due to be completed by March 2018.