Tributes paid to locals as Rectory Park homes open
by James Wood Tue 11 March 2014, 11:28 am
The first homes at the Rectory Park estate development in Northolt, Ealing have been completed, with a street and two apartment blocks at the site named in tribute to three local people.
The project will eventually see 425 homes built, with 101 now complete – including 28 family houses and apartments at the Weyman Court and Harman Court blocks.
Weyman Court commemorates Ealing Council officer, Bob Weyman, who advocated on behalf of residents at the former estate, but passed away before his vision was fulfilled.
Harman Court is named in tribute to Harry Harman, a longstanding member and ex-chairman of the Greenford branch of the Royal British Legion.
A street at the site has been named after lance sergeant Chris Casey, who grew up at the estate but was killed serving in Iraq in 2007.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said “It is fitting that two men who gave so much to their country by serving in the armed forces, and in particular Lance Sergeant Casey who made the ultimate sacrifice, should be remembered in this way.
“It is also sad that Ealing Council officer, Bob Weyman, never got to see the results of his work to improve the lives of Rectory Park residents, but his legacy will live on.”
The naming policy was introduced by local MP, Stephen Pound, approved by local residents, and set to continue in further phases. A further 59 homes are now in development, with three phases to follow.
Helen Evans, chief executive of Network Housing Group, said: “This marks a new beginning for Rectory Park. The regeneration programme will transform the estate, with real benefits for the residents’ living environment.
“It epitomises everything Network aims to achieve – supporting strong local communities through regeneration, new homes that meet a range of different housing needs, and a commitment to high quality housing services.”