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Sheltered housing scheme gets £100,000 boost

A sheltered housing scheme in Wimblington is set to benefit from a much needed upgrade, thanks to a successful bid for government funding.

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Circle Housing Roddons has been awarded £100,000 through the Homes and Communities Agency's Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, which will help to refurbish a number of flats at North Witchford Lodge.

The fund is designed to help older people and those with disabilities or mental health problems to live more independently.

Over recent years a number of units at North Witchford Lodge had become undesirable and therefore hard to let. The housing provider will now convert the top floor of the scheme into four self-contained flats. The flats will have new showers, open-plan living, dining and kitchen facilities as well their own bed spaces.

The ground floor is being converted into a GP surgery, with contains consulting rooms.

Sue Stavers, head of housing services for Circle Housing Roddons, said: "We are extremely pleased to be awarded this funding. We know that living in well-designed specialised housing can be instrumental in improving health and wellbeing, particularly for older people.  And we believe this investment will help to make an enormous difference to our residents' lives."

Councillor Will Sutton, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: "It's great that Circle Roddons has succeeded in getting this award from the HCA. We fully supported their bid because of the clear benefits the upgrade will bring.

"Fenland already has a high proportion of elderly people in its population and that is predicted to rise sharply over the next 20 years. So schemes like this are becoming increasingly important."

Article added April 18, 2016