The grand opening of Treneere Pre-fabs January 1946


In officially opening on Thursday the first prefabricated house to be completed on the Treneere Estate, Penzance, the Mayor (Ald. Robert Thomas) said that he believed it to be the first furnished house of its kind to be finished in Cornwall. The Mayor was supported by the Chairman of the Housing Committee (Mr. P T. Johnson), and other members of the Corporation and neighbouring local authorities, including Falmouth, Penryn, Camborne,Redruth, and Kerrier The Borough Engineer and Surveyor, Mr. J. H. Blight, and the Housing Manager, Mr. J. C. Ungate, were also present, and Mr. S. Tucker, Clerk of the Works, handed the key to the Mayor. The house was on show to the public after the opening and many comments were passed about it. They were all in favour of the house. Housewives who came to have a look round said that the house was "lovely." One remarked that it possessed more amenities than the rest of the Treneer housing estate, modern as they are. One of the two bedrooms had a bed with a very pretty quilt spread over it. The other contained a child's cot and bed, and there was plenty of room to spare. There is a separate indoor w.c., a well-fitted out bathroom, a lounge with a fine sun-window, in which there was a table laid for dinner, and a scullery with an electric cooker, an electric washing machine, and an electric kettle. Perhaps the most pleasing feature was a device whereby hot air could be sent to warm the bedrooms. Members of the W.V.S. gave demonstrations of the various fittings and appliances. The bungalows are to be let at a provisional rent of 16s. per week inclusive of rates, and they will become occupied as and when the batches are completed by the contractors. It is interesting to note that within two hours of the opening ceremony, Mr. M Kennington took residence in 21, Polmeere road. This is one of the pre-fabs.
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