We have reported previously that the decision to demolish Windsor House in Ascot Way would have a knock on effect on the adjacent Lincoln Court sheltered accommodation. The heating boiler for both buildings is located within Windsor House.
It became clear last week that the council had allocated £60,000 in its budget to replace all the windows at Lincoln Court. A much needed improvement.
Now we understand that another report is to be presented to the Councils Executive committee on 15th March. The report will talk about remodelling the communal areas in the building and modernising/remodeling the apartments.
If approved, the new building would be dubbed “Sheltered Housing Plus”.
The Council says that the users of the current community facilities will also be engaged in shaping the re-design and the development of the new facilities and services. The work would be undertaken as part of the Council’s “Older peoples programme”. This project has a poor reputation in the Westfield area officials having run roughshod over the views of those local residents who wanted to conserve the Lowfields playing fields.
The programme officials also threatening to fence off the open space on Chesney’s Field, causing more anger from locals.
The older persons programme is massively in delay with new elderly care facilities, promised for 2014, still not off the ground.
Hopefully any consultation will be more meaningful on this occasion.