A HOUSING boss has seen a new development road named in memory of her late mother.

Alison Inman was on hand to unveil the new Inman Avenue, which forms part of Eastlight Community Homes’ 71-home Mount Hill estate in Halstead.

The road is named in memory of Alison’s mother, Barbara, who died in 2019.

It serves to recognise the family name and Alison’s  career in social housing, which includes being the president of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the chair of Colchester Borough Homes.

Alison has dedicated her professional working life to giving social housing tenants and vulnerable people a voice, up and down the country.

Alison, who was also a previous board member of Colne Housing, has seen her extensive experience and knowledge helped to support the merger with Greenfields to form Eastlight in July 2020.

Currently on the boards of Saffron Housing Trust, Tpas and the Housing Diversity Network, Alison was appointed president of the Chartered Institute of Housing from 2017-18.

She has also been a passionate activist in the fight against women’s domestic abuse, and co-founded social housing campaign, SHOUT.

She was an awarded an OBE for her services to social housing tenants in 2017.

Alison said: “It was such a pleasure to unveil this road name at the amazing Mount Hill development scheme, in memory of my lovely mum.

“My mum and dad loved Halstead, and they were particularly interested in the connection to Courtaulds, with my dad having spent his career in the textile industry.

“My colleagues on the Colne Board were a great source of strength after my mum died.

“It is so kind of Eastlight to honour her in this way, and it’s sparked many happy memories made during my time with the organisation.”

Eastlight spokesman Andrew Allocca added: “Inman Avenue is just a small way to honour the incredible impact Alison has made for social tenants across England and the East.

“We would not have achieved our latest 1,000th new home milestone without Alison’s support over the years.”

Mount Hill is due for completion in the summer of 2024.