Plymouth family comes in from the cold
STAYING warm used to cost Anne Pellecalle and her family about £10 a day in winter.
In her new home on North Prospect Road the bill is less than £3 a day, she said yesterday.
Her old council house in Grassendale Avenue was so cold that she needed an electric fire in addition to the radiators.
Her teenage son and daughter avoided their bedrooms because of the cold.
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Ms Pellecalle, 43, her son Giuliano, 17, and daughter Giovanna, 13, were among the early tenants of the new housing being built by Barratt Homes for Plymouth Community Homes.
"I lived 19 years in Grassendale and never had any trouble," she said. "But the house was getting cold and there were too many repairs to be done."
She proudly showed Jack Dromey, the shadow Housing Minister, around her new home.
"It's lovely here," said Ms Pellecalle, a widow.
"Now my children spend their time in their bedrooms. It's so warm that they sometimes moan at me to turn down the heating."
She said meal times had become a family affair because she now has room in the kitchen for a dining table.
She is looking forward to the new community hub opening.
"Especially the library," she said. "My daughter will be there all the time. She loves books."
And she said that people who complained about the size of the houses were too quick to judge.
"They say the houses are quite small, but you need to go inside."
Cllr Tina Tuohy, who represents Ham, lived in Woodville Close in North Prospect for 35 years.
She moved out in September to make way for the regeneration.
"I was personally unhappy about having to move out because I had lived there for 35 years and it was a wrench. I didn't want to leave my home and my garden.
"But I wasn't unhappy with the way the move was handled.
"The new properties look very smart and clean and nice. They have got great potential. All the people I talk to who have moved in really like them."