Page 6, 13th November 1953

13th November 1953
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They Build Their 1 -7 Cluldren's

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By JOHN TODD TAUNTON Homes Ltd., founded some two years ago, is now making really visible and substantial progress. On a recent visit to the site it was possible to see I() houses on the way to completion. Behind them stretched the field where the remaining 50 are to go up.

Twenty hours a week in winter, 24 hours a week in summer, means that most of the members' spare time is occupied.

On completion, the final cost of the houses—including the cost of the site and all services, and preparation Many self-build groups build houses to rent and get an Exchequer subsidy. Taunton Homes Ltd. have borrowed the whole of their capital from the borough council. And they will repay the whole lot. Most of the members are blackcoated workers and have not had any previous building experience.

Of the first 10 to occupy the houses, only one is a manual worker, a Pole, whose profession is joinery. He is one of the only two Catholics in this first group.

Mr. Reginald F. Trevett, chairman of Taunton Homes Ltd., and chairman of the Catholic study group which inspired the venture, said in a recerit interview: "The first 10 houses are well on the way to completion, only four months after startof the site by the council—will be mg. We shall soon be beginning work about £1,500. Each member will be paying off a mortgage of about 37s. 6d. a week for 25 years, at the end of which the house and site will be his own freehold.

Twenty hours a week in winter, 24 hours a week in summer, means that most of the members' spare time is occupied.

On completion, the final cost of the houses—including the cost of the site and all services, and preparation

Mr. Trevett pointed out that a complete community is growing up in this venture on the outskirts of Taunton. Instead of the impersonal conglomeration of people to be found on most housing estates, a group of trusted friends is building a closely knit community with all sorts of plans for furthering the future life of their families.




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