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Community artists gathered in Taunton recently to see the fruits of their labours unveiled at a special showcase event.
Groups, including schools, residential nursing homes, and a centre for people with learning disabilities have created art displays on hoardings around a construction site which celebrate how homes can make a community.
The displays also highlight a new housing development in Creechbarrow Road, Taunton.
The development will see a total of 92 new homes built – 60 by Taunton Deane Borough Council and 32 by Knightstone Housing.
The artwork was unveiled by Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Dave Durdan and Mayoress Renee Durdan, who were joined by Knightstone’s Chief Executive Nick Horne and Council Leader John Williams.
Cllr Jean Adkins, who holds the Housing Services portfolio at Taunton Deane, said: “It was a wonderful event and we are grateful to the Mayor and Mayoress, Knightstone, and Somerset Care who provided the reception at Lavender Court.
“This project has really caught the imagination and shows that our development in Taunton is about more than bricks and mortar.”
Chief Executive of Knightstone, Nick Horne, said: “The project has proven to be a great success, helping to foster a strong community spirt and really catching the imagination of everyone involved.
“We’re committed to investing in and empowering people – working with them to build vibrant, stable and safe communities which are great places to live.”
Work on the development is progressing well and the first residents are expected to start moving into their new homes early next year.
The Council is building a mix of houses and flats, investing £7 million in the scheme, while Knightstone’s development represents a £3.8 million investment.
The new properties will replace houses and flats built almost 40 years ago and the development marks the start of a new era of Council home building in the Borough.