Weston housing boost after flats are refurbished

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:52 14 October 2015

Knightstone housing

Knightstone housing

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A SOMERSET housing association has reopened 82 refurbished flats on Friday, as part of a £10.5milllion housing programme.

Mayor of Weston-super-Mare Cllr Raymond Armstrong was present, as Knightstone Housing officially opened the flats at Knightstone House in the town centre.

The renovation comes as the last action of a £10.5million investment programme, aimed at improving the quality of sheltered accommodation in the West Country.

The scheme has seen the dilapidated flats transformed by an internal renovation and the addition of a roof garden.

Barrie Dale, vice chair of Knightstone, said “We’re committed to providing homes that meet our residents’ needs. Ensuring our sheltered and extra care homes are well maintained helps us to support our older residents to live independently, for as long as possible.”

He added: “This programme of improvements put safety and accessibility at the heart of the design, with wet rooms and level access showers installed in all 82 individual flats at Knightstone House, and much needed scooter storage areas provided.”

Knightstone, which supports more than 2,000 elderly residents across the region, offers care and helps older people to remain independent.

Betty Whitfield, a resident of the flats, said “My family are so pleased that I live in such a beautiful place. It was the best decision I ever made to move here and I’ve been here 13 years.”

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