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Lord Attlee walks same streets as his grandfather 70 years on, to open new Dartford council homes

PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 July 2017

Lord John Attlee, grandson of former prime minister Clement Atlee, opened Hill View in Dartford on Monday. Photo:  Tony Clark

Lord John Attlee, grandson of former prime minister Clement Atlee, opened Hill View in Dartford on Monday. Photo: Tony Clark

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Lord John Attlee, grandson of former prime minister Clement Atlee, opened Hill View in Dartford on Monday.  Photo: Tony Clark.Lord John Attlee, grandson of former prime minister Clement Atlee, opened Hill View in Dartford on Monday. Photo: Tony Clark.

The grandson of former post-war prime minister Clement Attlee arrived in Dartford on Monday to open the first new council homes to be built in the borough for more than 30 years.

Lord John Attlee opened Hill View, a development of 25 council houses and flats near Temple Hill estate, which was opened 70-years-ago by the former Labour PM.

“It was always in our mind to invite Lord Attlee to open these great new homes and I was delighted when he accepted our invitation,” said council leader Jeremy Kite.

“Lord Attlee was hugely impressed with the new homes we have delivered and particularly the way we had kept faith with the standards and space afforded to each new home.

Council leader Jeremy Kite and Lord John Attlee along with other local councillors opened the new housing estate.  Photo: Tony ClarkCouncil leader Jeremy Kite and Lord John Attlee along with other local councillors opened the new housing estate. Photo: Tony Clark

“It’s never easy to decide to build things, but there’s a real sense that social housing is desperately needed and I want Dartford council to be at the forefront of meeting the needs of everyone in our borough, not just those who can afford to pay for private housing.”

Lord Attlee, who inherited his title from his grandfather and remains a member of the House of Lords, was guided around the houses by Cllr Kite and other Dartford councillors, to see the development of 12 three-bedroom houses, 12 more two-bedroom flats and a single bedroom apartment, which was filled with residents in April.

Cllr Kite added: “There’s a lot of growth in Dartford and the council can’t always intervene to control the pace of it but one of the things we can do is to commit to those local people who deserve good housing every bit as much as buyers on private developments.

“I am proud that we are the first council in more than thirty years to deliver new council homes in Dartford. Our policies mean that they are allocated not to people from other towns, other regions or even farther afield. They have been provided to great families with strong Dartford connections.”

After walking around and meeting families living on the site, Lord Attlee, said to have an “uncanny resemblance” to his grandfather, unveiled a plaque marking the opening of the new council homes, which bares reference to the former Second World War deputy prime minister’s visit on July 4 1947.

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