Family are living the dream in Northleach
Local postal worker and retained fireman Steve Mustoe, his wife Jo and their daughters Amelia, aged five, and Esmae, three, are set to move into the home in Sly's Close at the end of November, thanks to the charity founded by the local Sly family and Gloucestershire Homeseeker.
Sisters Joyce and Enid Sly formed the J W Sly and Sons Charitable Trust to provide a £1 million affordable housing development for the people of Northleach.
A terrace of six affordable homes is being constructed on land which is on the former site of their family firm, J W Sly and Sons, which specialised in building work and also provided undertaker services.
The Trust’s objective was to build high quality sustainable housing which local residents could afford. The Sly sisters recognised that Northleach was becoming increasingly expensive to live in so they wanted to help key local people - including nurses, teachers and firefighters - to rent accommodation in the town.
The Mustoe family recently visited the building site in Sly’s Close where their new home is taking shape. They met up with benefactor Enid Sly, chairman of the Sly Trust, Cllr Chris Hancock, and Cllr Sue Jepson, Cotswold District Council's cabinet member for housing.
Steve said: “This is a dream come true for me and my family. We couldn’t believe our luck when this house became available.
“I am so grateful to Enid Sly and her sister Joyce, and also Gloucestershire Homeseeker. We can’t wait to move in.”
Cllr Sue Jepson, cabinet member for housing and planning at Cotswold District Council, said: “This is great news for a young family with roots in the town going back many generations.
"Steve and Jo registered for a property through Gloucestershire Homeseeker www.gloshomeseeker.co.uk and they were then allocated one of three live-work homes on the register which were provided by the Sly charity for local people in Northleach.
“The council is always seeking opportunities to work with different housing providers to deliver homes for local people. In this instance, we would like to thank the Sly Trust for releasing three homes to the Gloucestershire Homeseeker register.”
Cllr Hancock added: “The Mustoes are a lovely family and I hope they will be very happy in their new home. Northleach needs to retain young local families who can help ensure that it continues to be a vibrant town.
"Being chairman of the Sly Trust, it has been a privilege to be involved in a project which will help support this aim.”
Photo: (back row l to r) Steve Mustoe, Jo Mustoe, Enid Sly, Cllr Chris Hancock, Cllr Sue Jepson, (front row l to r) Esmae Mustoe, Amelia Mustoe.