A pair of new council homes named after a former council chairman have been officially opened.

Spinks House in Waltham Abbey consists of two three-bedroom semi-detached houses and have been fitted with energy saving materials to help tenants with their energy bills.

In early September, councillor Liz Webster was invited to launch the new homes that have been named after her late husband, Don Spinks, who was formerly chairman of Epping Forest District Council and died in 2007. She said she was “very proud” that the scheme had been named after him.

Ms Webster was joined for the ribbon cutting by serving chairman Cllr Mary Sartin and other council representatives who have worked on the project.

Cllr Sartin said: "I was delighted to be a part of this opening event. These new properties are way ahead of the game in terms of energy efficiency and helping to keep energy costs low, something which has become increasingly important to us all.

"I am so pleased that these beautiful homes will act as a memorial for the late Cllr Don Spinks, who played such a big part in Waltham Abbey and across the entire district."

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Holly Whitbread, cabinet member for housing and community, added: "This new development is part of a wider project and shows once again how the council is committed to delivering affordable housing for local people.

“It is wonderful to see these new family homes in the heart of Waltham Abbey."