Road is named to honour ex mayor

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PART of a new housing development in Swinton has been named after a long serving town councillor and former mayor.

A street on the Cliffe Bank estate, behind Victoria Club, is to be called Eagleton Gardens after the late Michael Eagleton JP.

He was a native of Ireland who came to England to work in the mining industry and became a pit deputy.

He served on the former Swinton Urban District Council and Rotherham Council between 1978 and 2000.

He was made Mayor of Rotherham in 1988.

To mark the street naming, Councillor Ken Wyatt, Mr Eagleton’s widow Marrion and Jim Lunney, chief executive of developers Johnnie Johnson Housing, completed a walkabout on the estate on Thursday, March 22.

Mr Wyatt said: “Knowing Mick Eagleton as I did I am sure he would have been as delighted as me to see these fine new bungalows meeting the housing requirements of local residents with special needs.

“In addition we also have a number of general purpose houses for rent at Cliff Bank and some shared ownership properties as another housing option at Brookfield Avenue.

“Locally it has been very enjoyable working with the Johnnie Johnson team seeing this major project through to completion.”

Cliffe Bank was previously occupied by 40 older people’s bungalows, which were unsuitable for meeting people’s long term needs and expectations. Rotherham Council earmarked the site for redevelopment in 2009 as part of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder scheme.

Johnnie Johnson Housing spent two years building homes that would meet modern housing needs.

The redevelopment was completed in October 2011 and comprises of 11 houses for shared ownership, eight for rent, four bungalows for the over 55s to rent and two wheelchair adapted bungalows for rent.

Funding for the scheme has been provided through the Homes & Community Agency.