‘Driving force’ behind housing association immortalised

Photo Ian Robinson'Rose Kinsella, ex CGA Chair, Honorary Alderman of Preston , ex PCC councillor and Mayor of Preston in 1992 at Kinsella Close the Meadow House development which has been names in her honour
Photo Ian Robinson'Rose Kinsella, ex CGA Chair, Honorary Alderman of Preston , ex PCC councillor and Mayor of Preston in 1992 at Kinsella Close the Meadow House development which has been names in her honour
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A community stalwart from Preston has been honoured with a new city road named in her honour.

Rose Kinsella, an honorary Alderman of Preston, ex Community Gateway Association chair and current board member, was present at the official unveiling of Kinsella Close yesterday.

The road is part of Community Gateway’s new £1.8m, 14 home development called Meadow House off St Paul’s Road, Deepdale.

Members of Community Gateway wanted to name the road after Mrs Kinsella, because she is seen as the “fundamental driving force of the association”.

When she was told of the plans earlier this year, Mrs Kinsella said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the proposal.

The former Preston Councillor and 1988-89 Mayor, said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be honoured in this way by the Board at CGA.

“I also thank Preston Council for supporting this application.

“I am immensely proud about everything CGA has done for residents in Preston and look forward to welcoming new residents to this amazing new development later on this year.”

Rose was chairman of CGA’s shadow board from 2004, and in 2005, as the organisation’s first tenant chairman, she signed the transfer agreement to create the Community Gateway Association.

It was the UK’s first social housing provider to follow the principles of the Community Gateway Model.

She stood down as chairman in 2013 but is still on the board as one of seven tenant members.

Meadow House follows in the footsteps of Community Gateway’s other developments at Patterdale Close, Adelphi Street, Howarth Road and Larches, providing much needed affordable housing in Preston.