"It's given us a new lease of life"
Pamela and Derek Grimes.
Residents have praised a new social housing development in Wigan.
The 19 bungalows on Anthorn Road, Winstanley, are among the latest homes to be built by Wigan Council as part of its plan to provide more affordable housing.
Pamela Grimes, aged 73, and husband Derek, aged 77, couldn’t be happier with their new home.
Pamela said: “We absolutely love it. We wanted to move for health reasons, we were struggling with things like getting out of the bath. Now everything is on one level it’s easier to get around.”
The development, built by Willmott Dixon, has 19 two-bedroom bungalows built specifically to suit older people or those with health needs.
Pamela continued: “The staff who helped us with the move were brilliant, they couldn’t have done more for us. It’s also really quiet here which we like.
“We were in our old property, a two-bedroom house, for 24 years. It’s been a big change but we feel like it’s given us a new lease of life!”
Wigan Council has been investing in new social housing since 2010 and has now delivered 482 affordable homes with at least 278 further homes planned by March 2022.
It’s all part of the council’s plan to invest in homes which are purpose built to suit different needs including older residents, or people with disabilities or autism, to keep people independent for longer.
Homes England, the government’s housing agency, contributed £855,000 of funding to the scheme. Janet Bushell, 68, and her husband Terence, 67, both have disabilities and were also over the moon with their new bungalow.
Janet said the pair “sobbed when they gave us the key”.
She said: “Our health was rapidly deteriorating and we both have care needs.
“It is absolutely fantastic. It’s new, big, well built, has a lovely garden and driveway and the interior is lovely.
“We know the council is there for us now. We both sobbed when they gave us the key.”
Not only has the council’s new build housing programme improved the quality and choice concerning their housing stock, but it has also brought a number of vacant, council owned sites back into use.
Councillor Terry Halliwell, portfolio holder for housing and welfare at the council said: “We are passionate about delivering new, high quality and affordable homes for people in the borough that are built to the highest standards.
“It’s also important we provide a variety of homes for our existing residents and also to attract people to our borough.
“Good quality new housing along with improved transport links and employment opportunities provides the right mix to keep our local economy growing, which is another key priority for us.”
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Posted on Friday 13th September 2019