New homes unveiled beside the seaside
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Resident Florence Kirrelly, the Mayor of Fylde Councillor Heather Speak, Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group Jacqui De-Rose, Mayoress of Fylde Jennifer Robinson and Chair of Progress Housing Group Janet Hale
Tenants at a sheltered housing scheme which is just a stone’s throw from the sea celebrated the completion of improvement works with a traditional fish and chip lunch.
St John’s Courtin Lytham, which is owned by New Fylde Housing, has undergone a £400,000 refurbishment to improve its communal areas and convert bedsits into larger one-bedroom apartments.
The extensive eight month programme involved the redevelopment of 11 bedsits, some of which had previously been unoccupied for sometime, along with the guest bedroom and a vacant maisonette into six one-bedroom apartments, one wheelchair accessible apartment and a new guest bedroom. The redevelopment also included the refurbishment of all communal areas, and upgrades to fire protection equipment and the boiler plant room.
The scheme’s residents played a significant role in the planning of the project, from picking new colour schemes and carpets to advising on signage around them scheme.
To say thank you to the residents for their patience and cooperation whilst the works took place, New Fylde Housing held a fish and chip lunch on Friday 1 February for all the scheme’s residents. The event was also attended by a number of New Fylde Housing’s partners, including Melrose Construction, IGL surveyors, Fylde Borough Council and guests of honour, the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde.
At the lunch Progress Housing Group’s Chair, Janet Hale, presented the scheme’s tenant representative, Florence Kirrelly, with a bunch of flowers as a thank you for her involvement.Florence, aged 89, attended all of the onsite works meetings and kept her fellow residents up to date with the works taking place.
Commenting on the improvement works, tenant Florence Kirrelly who has lived at the scheme for six years, said: "We are all delighted and so grateful to both New Fylde Housing and Melrose Construction for all their hard working in makingSt John’s Court such a lovely place to live. They have kept us up to date on every stage of the works and we are all so very pleased with the end result.”
Bernie Keenan, Executive Director for Progress Housing Group (Housing, Community and Support Services), said: “We hope the new improvements help the residents at St John’s Court feel even more at home and proud of their scheme. The residents have been so patient through the works and this lunch was our way of saying thank you to them and that we hope they enjoy their new-look scheme.St John’s Court offers first-class homes right in the heart of Lytham; it’s no wonder that all of the new homes have been let.”