A community event was held in Fishermead on Friday to mark completion of Pencarrow Mews, the latest temporary accommodation units built by Milton Keynes City Council.
Woughton and Fishermead ward councillors organised the event to show local residents the latest addition to the community. The 70 homes, consisting of two-bed units, will serve as temporary emergency accommodation for families and local people while the City Council works to find them a more permanent home.
During the open day, residents visited Pencarrow Mews for tours of the properties. City Council officers, housing provider MEARS, Campbell Park Parish Council and Pencarrow Mews’ dedicated support officer employed by the City Council were also in attendance to answer questions.
Entertainment was provided by a local children’s entertainer, and there was an ice cream van and refreshments.
Woughton and Fishermead Ward Councillor Donna Fuller, who is also Leader of Woughton Community Council, said: “We organised this open day to bring people together and show them around the properties. It was great to see so many faces and explain how Pencarrow Mews will help people in need. Pencarrow Mews will provide vital emergency accommodation and prevent homelessness, all while creating a more integrated neighbourhood. We look forward to welcoming the first tenants later this month.”
Councillor Emily Darlington, Labour Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “Whether it be a family breakdown or no-fault eviction, many people can find themselves needing emergency accommodation. Pencarrow Mews will provide a safe roof over peoples’ heads while they find suitable, long-term accommodation. We are committed to ending homelessness in Milton Keynes and opening Pencarrow Mews to the community will help us do exactly that.”