A brand new block of council-owned apartments named after the country’s first black lady Mayor, Lydia Simmons.

Lydia Court is a development of 11 new one, two and three bedroom council homes, built on the site of the old Eschle Court in Elliman Avenue. It was completed in October 2017.


As part of the town’s wider regeneration plan, the Council has proactively identified over 24 small sites, which will be used for building new, and extending existing, council homes. On behalf of the Council, SUR has been commissioned to build 120 new council homes on these pockets of land over the next two years, in four phases. Lydia Court formed part of phase one of this initiative and has now been completed and is fully occupied.

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Lydia Court comprises 11, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Included within this is a ground floor three-bedroom apartment built to wheelchair standards, with its own front door access, dedicated parking and garden area. This specially designed property was allocated to a family on the housing waiting list and we worked with occupational therapists to ensure the needs of the family were met.