'Heather Frost estate' may be named after much-loved councillor
MOTHER-OF-11 Heather Frost's home is part of a new development set to be named after a respected Tewkesbury councillor – and also a mother of 10.
There has been a storm of controversy after it was revealed Mrs Frost was having a 'mansion' built for her and her children in Northway, Tewkesbury.
Severn Vale Housing Society came under fire after it was revealed that it was building a six-bedroom home in Northway Lane to accommodate the jobless mum and her brood.
Tewkesbury Borough Council had sold a plot of land to Severn Vale and it was building the controversial house as part of a 14-home development.
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The social housing site could be called Davies Row, in honour of former councillor Gwen Davies. Before she died in 2008, she was known for being a hard-working community stalwart. Severn Vale is considering the name after Northway parish councillor Diana Bailey suggested she be honoured for her dedication to the area.
Mrs Bailey said: "I was determined we should remember Gwennie. She was what I call a proper councillor and was somebody I admired."
Mrs Davies' son Tony was delighted that his mother was due to be honoured. But he said her situation had been very different to that of Mrs Frost, who has been criticised for not working and relying on benefits.
Mr Davies said his mother brought him and his siblings up in Northway by herself after splitting up from their father, while also serving as a parish, borough and county councillor.
He said: "Mum raised a family of 10 in a four-bed house in Cedar Road. There were my four sisters in one bedroom, four boys in a second, two more boys in a third and my mum in the other one."
He said there was no chance of them having a bigger property built for them at the expense of the public purse. His mother, he felt, would have been sympathetic towards Mrs Frost's children but not towards her. He said she would have felt Mrs Frost was exploiting the benefit system, adding: "She would have told her off, I think."
Regarding the naming of the development after his mother, he said his family was pleased that her hard work would be recognised.
"It does make us all very proud," he said.
The fact that she worked tirelessly for the community for more than 40 years, he added, was reflected on her headstone with the words 'A giver, not a taker'.