New council homes in Harlow named in honour of fallen hero, Private Robert Foster

History / Thu 3rd Dec 2015 at 07:18am

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A NEW Council house development named in memory of Private Robert Foster has been officially opened today (Wednesday 2 December 2015) following the completion of construction work.

Robert Foster, who served under the Royal Anglian Regiment 1st Battalion, was tragically killed in Afghanistan in August 2007. A day before his Regiment exercised its right to march through Harlow on 22 October 2015, the Council announced that the development of four new two-bedroom Council houses on Momples Road would be named “Foster Court”.

Today’s official opening included Robert’s parents – John Foster and Lisa Skinner cutting the ribbon to open the new development and the unveiling of the road sign. The ceremony was attended Robert’s family and friends and colleagues from the Royal Anglian Regiment, Harlow Councillors, tenants of the new homes and construction staff.

Robert’s family said: “We are extremely touched that Harlow Council has named one of its new housing developments after Robert. He was very much a Harlow boy and loved his town, so this, along with his name on the Netteswell memorial, his oak tree in the Town Park and the bench at Ward Hatch, will be considered a real honour. Although we will always feel his loss, it is a real comfort to know that he is thought of with such pride not only by his family and friends but also his town. We wish the residents every happiness in their new homes.”

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “It is a fitting tribute that a development which makes history by providing the first new Council houses for local families in more than 25 years is named in memory of Robert, who gave his life while serving and protecting his country. This is a proud moment for Robert’s family, friends and colleagues and symbolises just how much Harlow is also proud of Robert and the sacrifices our soldiers make.”

The four “Foster Court” houses have been allocated for rent to Harlow families from Harlow’s Housing Needs Register.

A further Council house development in The Hill in Old Harlow will be named “Riley Mews” in memory of the Riley Brothers, Thomas, Cyril and Francis, soldiers from Harlow who lost their lives serving in the First World War. This development of seven two-bedroom homes will officially open on 18 December 2015.

Both naming announcements were made on the Council’s social media sites with the Facebook post reaching over 83,500 people and being “liked” over 3,000 times.

Harlow Council’s house building programme will provide a total of 18 brand new, two-bedroom Council homes for local families with a further seven houses at Fesants Croft.

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