Kate Fox Drive has been named in memory of Kate Fox, a much-loved teacher who had worked at Thorns Collegiate Academy in Quarry Bank for more than 20 years. Last year Kate sadly passed away after being admitted to hospital and diagnosed with Covid-19.
The development has seen the first 12 residents move in this week.
Nikki Ashley, Kate’s wife, said: “This is a very fitting tribute to Kate as she was a history teacher, and we are sure she would have been so proud to be remembered in this way.”
Manny Kelay, Principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy said: “Kate was a much-loved member of staff, who was well respected by students and colleagues. The road sign is a fantastic tribute to her and means that her name will be known by our local community for years to come.”
Adam Daniels, Managing Director, West Midlands at Countryside, the mixed-tenure developer leading the regeneration of the site, said: “This is a project that puts the community first, transforming two former brownfield sites into a new neighbourhood of 153 high-quality homes for shared ownership or affordable rent. So, it feels appropriate that the first homes to be completing here should be on a road named after someone who gave so much to the local community.”
The housing development is made up of 132 one, two, three and four bed apartments and family homes, and is built on the site of the former Stokes Forgings metal works site. The development is part of Midland Heart’s partnership with Countryside, which will deliver 1,000 affordable homes across the Midlands.
Pictured L-R: Manny Kelay (Principal), Emma Faulkner (Kate's sister), Brian Fox (Kate's dad), Nikki Ashley (Kate's wife), Liza Bushell (Kate's sister) and Tilly Bushell (Kate's niece).