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Affordable Housing Changes Newquay Mum's Life

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 19th July 2014

A single mum from Newquay tells Pirate FM moving onto a new affordable estate has changed her life.

Catherine Avis is on the housing ladder for the first time at Tregunnel Hill.

The 31 year old didn't think she would ever be able to afford her own place as the cost of living soars, she said: "Dad just handed me this folder and it said plot 51, I was like what, it still didn't really sink in that this was my house but now I love it and I've completely settled.

"The cost of living and the wages don't match up, if it wasn't for my mum and dad doing this for me and my children, it has absolutely cleared a cloud in my mind."

The affordable housing estate is also bringing a jobs boost.

As well as helping dozens of first time buyers, developers are using local businesses and materials too.

A Cornish slate company tells us how it helped them beat the recession.

Mandy Hopkins runs Milhill Quarries at Tintagel and Tavistock and says the work let them create new jobs, she said: "For the last three or four years of this recession, instead of laying people off which we really should have been with our sales, we were building stocks ready, then over the last fifteen months we've taken on five extra members of staff.

"It keeps the money in the local economy, it keeps it local, but also it gives the place a sense of character as well, if you're using local materials not everywhere looks the same."

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