Council to ask government for more money for new homes for elderly

THURROCK Council is asking the government for funds to help it build brand new homes for older people.

Wednesday (16 January) evening’s meeting of the council’s cabinet heard housing portfolio holder Cllr Val Morris-Cook detail plans for a bid to the care and support specialised housing fund.

The aim is to build 28 “affordable” specialised homes for older people in Derry Avenue, South Ockendon.

Linked to the council’s Building Positive Futures scheme the plan would be for one- and two-bedroomed flats designed to be “care ready” and flexible enough to meet a wide range of support needs of older people.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Morris-Cook said: “Building Positive Futures is an exciting project,

“It’s about everyone in our communities working together to create a better future. It’s about making sure everybody has a comfortable and safe home in a community and a neighbourhood where the philosophy is that neighbours look out for and help each other.”

She said: “The importance of new housing to promote active, healthy lifestyles is widely recognised and the chance to secure grants to fund this would allow us to make a significant contribution to improving housing options for older people.

“Although our sheltered complexes are popular and well run, it was not designed to meet the needs of an ageing population and If successful, there may also be a chance to kick start a regeneration programme of improving the council’s stock of sheltered housing.”

She added that if the council wins its bid, it would be the first time it had worked with the Homes and Communities Agency as an investment partner.

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