Mayor joins residents to unveil new sheltered housing scheme

Resdients of Rokeby Gardens, Kirk Sandall got together to mark the official opening of the extra care development for older people. Pictured (L-R) are Mayor Peter Davies, Eagar Halstead, Victoria Barclay of Housing 21, Tayo Bilewu - Director of Property at Housing 21, Dora Wattam and Fred Stanley. Picture: Shaun Flannery
Resdients of Rokeby Gardens, Kirk Sandall got together to mark the official opening of the extra care development for older people. Pictured (L-R) are Mayor Peter Davies, Eagar Halstead, Victoria Barclay of Housing 21, Tayo Bilewu - Director of Property at Housing 21, Dora Wattam and Fred Stanley. Picture: Shaun Flannery

MAYOR of Doncaster Peter Davies joined residents to celebrate the official opening of a new multi-million pound housing scheme in Kirk Sandall.

The Rokeby Gardens development, which provides 52 apartments for elderly people has been built on the site of a previous housing scheme in Queen Mary Crescent which had become a magnet for vandals.

Mr Davies presented residents with a commemorative plaque at the unveiling.

He said: “More affordable housing, providing better services for an ageing population and investing in Doncaster’s communities are three of my priorities so it’s great to see various council departments working jointly with our partners, NHS Doncaster and Housing 21 as well the local community, to deliver a state of the art affordable housing scheme for older people.

“This scheme replaces an out-of-date sheltered housing scheme which had shared bathrooms for its residents and once residents had moved out, it became a magnet for anti-social behaviour and wider nuisances.”

Residents, who started moving in from January, benefit from on-site facilities including a residents’ lounge, restaurant, activity rooms, assisted bathroom, laundry room and landscaped gardens.

The apartments also boast individually controlled under floor heating, level access wet-room showers and a security entry system with intercom.

The development has cost £5.6 million to build, which included a £2.7 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Apartments are available to rent or buy on a shared ownership basis.

Victoria Barclay, regional operations director for Housing 21, said: “Residents are able to enjoy independent living with the security of 24 hour on-site care and support tailored to individual needs.”

Housing 21, in partnership with Keepmoat, has recently started work on its third extra care housing scheme in Edlington.

Martin Smithurst, managing director at Keepmoat, described Rokeby Gardens as an “excellent facility” and said: “Extra care represents the future of housing and care for older people.”