We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Ashford to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn and winter.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 100 high-visibility snap bands to Kingsnorth Church of England Primary School for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to UK charity Living Streets, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kingsnorth Church of England Primary School to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Iain Witts, Headteacher at Kingsnorth Church of England Primary School, says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of walking to school among pupils and parents alike.”
Help to Buy opens the door to Lauren and Stephen’s dream home at Bridgefield
First-time buyers Lauren Johnson and Stephen Edmonds have made their first step onto the property ladder using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to purchase a brand new home at our Bridgefield development.
This popular initiative gave Lauren (24) and Stephen (26) the extra boost they needed to move out of their family homes in Folkestone and into their dream house – the three-bedroom, two and a half storey ‘Orlestone’.
Lauren and Stephen are enjoying life in their new home.
Lauren, who works in marketing in the nearby village of Charing, says: “This home is our first purchase together and Help to Buy really opened more doors for us and enabled us to have a wider choice.
“With the scheme, we were able to future proof, so rather than just buying a two-bedroom property as a starter home, we’ve been able to buy a bigger property that we can grow into. It’s been a real lifesaver as we’ve got the house we love.”
Using Help to Buy, first-time buyers as well as existing homeowners, can secure a Government loan for up to 20% of their new home’s full price, so they only need a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a deposit as low as 5%.
The scheme is available on new-build homes up to the value of £600,000 and there’s no salary cap for purchasers making use of the initiative.
Lauren says: “This is the biggest decision we’ve made so far, and I was so pleased with the support we received for every step of the process.
“It felt like the Taylor Wimpey staff were on our side more than it did with other companies, and the sales team was brilliant, Karen especially. Everyone was always more than happy to help – there were times when I was emailing the sales staff on a daily basis but nothing was too much trouble!”
The couple moved into their brand new home on 10th June and are thoroughly enjoying life at Bridgefield.
“We absolutely love the new house,” Lauren adds. “A new-build home really appealed to us because it’s so easy and fresh and with Taylor Wimpey’s wide range of interior Options that were available we could really put our own stamp on it.
“We were able to choose the kitchen and personalise everything down to the surfaces and tiles, so we really enjoyed getting involved in the interior design aspect of buying the property.”
The pair decided to move to Ashford from their parents’ homes on the nearby coast due to work commitments.
Lauren adds: “Stephen uses the train to commute to London, where he works in insurance, and my morning commute is now a 15 minute all-round trip and includes taking Stephen to the train station, which in peak traffic is really good!
“We looked around a couple of developments while we were house-hunting but we just fell in love with the area and the houses at Bridgefield – Taylor Wimpey properties were really set apart from their competition.
“It made more sense for us to move to this location as it has great travel links for work, plus shopping outlets and supermarkets. We just love it.”