Former councillor honoured in new council homes development

Part of a development of 13 brand new council-owned homes at Byram, to the south-west of Selby, has been named in honour of a former prominent local councillor.

Crawford Close, which is part of Selby District Council’s new development in the village, remembers Jack Crawford, a former district councillor, district council chairman and leader of the Labour group.  The road was opened by Jack’s widow, Kathleen, and their family at an event on 18 February.  Jack Crawford played a leading role in the local community for many years.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “Jack was a real force for good in the local area, devoting much of his time and energy to helping people in lots of different ways.  Even though we represented different political parties, during our time with Selby District Council Jack became a close friend and mentor to me.  Jack fought hard on issues such as housing, and I think it’s only fitting that we remember him with this new development”.

Kathleen Crawford, added, “It’s been a lovely tribute to Jack to be honoured in this way.  He devoted so much to the local area but thoroughly enjoyed his time as a councillor, helping people.  He would have really loved to have seen these new homes open to support local families.”

This month tenants have been moving into the new properties.  The new homes replace a range of hard-to-let flats in the village, where the council has faced problems letting the properties.

Selby District Council invested just under £1m in the new homes, with an additional £468,000 from Homes England to support the development.

Overall, the Council is investing £22m to deliver new affordable homes across the area.  Some of this is being invested to create new homes directly.  The Council is also working with the Selby & District Housing Trust to invest in new small-scale affordable developments on Council-owned land.

The new Byram homes have been let through North Yorkshire Homechoice.  This brings together a range of councils and housing suppliers across the county to support a single approach to lettings.