A new home for Christmas
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
The first residents have moved into a new £6 million extra care scheme in Widnes.
Naughton Fields opened its doors to residents in time for Christmas last week after the final finishing touches were completed. Children from Ditton Primary School entertained residents with a carol service yesterday to welcome them to their new homes.
New resident Barbara Lyon-Walsta, 68, lived in Rugby for nine and a half years but after her husband died in July, her brother and sister encouraged her to move to Halton to be nearer to them. Barbara said: “I’m very happy living here. I’ve got my own privacy, plenty of room and my brother lives just down the road. The people here are friendly and polite, nothing is too much trouble for the staff and there’s excellent security both day and night. It’s just got a really nice atmosphere.”
The luxury Halton Housing Trust scheme also has its own bistro, The Olive Tree, and a state of the art hair and beauty salon, both open to the public.
Designed to offer independence and choice for the over 55’s, the new development on Liverpool Road offers onsite care to customers with varying needs. Classed as ‘lifetime homes’,the 47 apartment scheme has attracted buyers and renters who are reassured to know that that they will be looked after if their needs change.
The development is the Trust’s first extra care development and was funded mainly by the Trust, along with £1.3million from the Homes and Communities Agency and £926,000 from Halton Borough Council.
Naughton Fields will be officially opened by a mystery TV personality, chosen because of their great interest in issues affecting older people. Further details will be revealed in early 2013.
There are still a few apartments left to buy through shared ownership. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please ring 07950 358112.