Christmas comes early for Westhall Court residents

By on 16/12/2010 in News


Birmingham City Council and developers Housing 21 today held a celebratory event for the first lucky residents of extra care retirement development, Westhall Court, on Sheldon Heath Road, Meadway.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member gave a tour of the development and spoke to new residents Molly Allden (86) and Doreen Haden (72) about their experience of living at Westhall Court. An early Christmas party for residents and project partners was held as part of the celebrations.

The £10 million development in Yardley contains 87 two-bed apartments and is one of two developments for older people that the council is developing with Housing 21.

Westhall Court received £5.4m of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency and the council land on which the development stands went into the deal to make it financially viable.

Councillor John Lines said: “I was delighted to meet Molly and Doreen Haden and welcome them officially to their new homes. What a great early Christmas present for them.

“Westhall Court is the second extra care retirement complex we have opened this year, after New Oscott retirement village. These developments are part of larger plans to create a number of extra care developments across Birmingham, giving our older residents more housing choice than ever before as well as supporting them to live independent, fulfilling lives.”

Commenting on her new home, Molly Allden said: “Before I came here I felt very isolated and lonely, and although my family were very supportive, I needed to be with other people. After I moved into Westhall Court the staff made me feel immediately more confident. The flat is lovely. I have made new friends and I have the security of 24-hour care.”

Another Westhall Court resident, Doreen Haden added: “I lived on the 13th floor in my former home before and was very unhappy and isolated. When I first moved to Westhall Court it was a bit difficult to settle in, but the staff have been wonderful and have helped to make the transition easier. I really like knowing that there are other people here that I can socialise with if I want to. It's good to have the choice of joining in with community activities or being able to do your own thing.”

The new scheme, which includes options for rent and for purchase on a full or shared ownership basis, will enable residents to live independently in a safe and secure setting where they have access to 24 hour care if needed.

Westhall Court will also bring a number of benefits to the wider local community who will be able to access its communal facilities including a hairdressing salon and restaurant.


Notes to editors
1. In addition to Westhall Court, the Council is working with Housing 21 on a second housing development for older people. Saxon Court, Turves Green, Northfield is due to be completed by spring 2011 with 87 apartments and 8 bungalows.
2. Birmingham City Council is also working with the Extra Care Charitable Trust and partners to deliver 5 retirement villages worth £200 million. Together they will provide 1,500 affordable homes, as part of the largest retirement village project of its kind with Extra Care Charitable Trust in the country.
Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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