£100k boost for Wimblington housing scheme

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A sheltered housing scheme in Wimblington is set to benefit from a much-needed upgrade thanks to a £100,000 grant from the government.

Circle Housing Roddons has been awarded funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund to help to refurbish North Witchford Lodge.

Over recent years a number of flats at the development in Norman Way had become undesirable and hard to let.

Now the housing provider will convert the top floor of the scheme into four self-contained flats with modern, open plan living, dining and kitchen facilities.

Meanwhile, the ground floor of North Witchford Lodge is being converted into a much-needed GP surgery with consulting rooms.

Sue Stavers, head of housing services at Circle Roddons, said: “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 Council’s cabinet member responsible for housing, added: “We fully supported Circle Roddons’ bid because of the clear benefits the upgrade to North Witchford Lodge 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.”