A new extra care housing scheme for the elderly was officially opened in Horsham last Friday December 7 by Saxon Weald.
Leonard Crosbie (LDem, Trafalgar), chairman of Horsham District Council, was guest of honour at the opening of Leggyfield Court extra care scheme, in Redford Avenue, for the elderly.
The children of Arunside Primary School’s year six class joined the councillor, residents and guests of the Horsham-based housing association, and entertained them with Christmas songs while mince pies and mulled wine were served.
It is the first extra care housing scheme in Horsham, providing high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments for elderly people who have care and support needs.
A professional care team is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that residents are able to live independent lives.
The project cost around £4.8m to build, with most of this funded by Saxon Weald, with a grant of just over £1m from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The site was previously home to bed sits, built in the early 1980s, and owned by Saxon Weald.
20 of the original residents moved into the new apartments at Leggyfield Court, thanks to a two-phase building programme by the construction company Castleoak.
David Standfast, Saxon Weald’s chief executive, said: “We’re very proud to be opening an Extra Care scheme in our home town of Horsham. This is the ninth such scheme we’ve opened in Sussex and Hampshire, and it is great that older people locally are able to enjoy the independence of their own front door and the peace of mind that comes with living in such a caring community.”
Mr Crosbie said: “It is great to see such quality affordable housing in Horsham and this kind of accommodation should be available to all older people who have care and support needs.
“Saxon Weald did a grand job of looking after the residents of the old Leggyfield Court: if they wished to, they could stay on the site and move into one of the brand new apartments. All in all it’s a cracking scheme, and an example of what older peoples’ housing should be.”