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Sheltered flats cash hopes are growing

PUBLISHED: 08:11 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

THERE are positive signs that a housing development costing £4 million to improve accommodation for elderly people could receive major backing to launch the scheme.

THERE are positive signs that a housing development costing £4 million to improve accommodation for elderly people could receive major backing to launch the scheme.

The 400-year-old Seckford Almhouses, in Seckford Street, Woodbridge, will be given a facelift – if the money is available – to bring them into the 21st century and provide the type of housing that is now expected.

The project involves the conversion of the hospital building in Seckford Street into nine two-bedroom and five one-bedroom sheltered flats with lounges, a visitors' flat, staff accommodation and offices.

At the back of the building 16 one-bedroom sheltered flats will also be built and they will be linked to the front by a covered thoroughfare. This will stretch to Jubilee House where new lounge and dining facilities will be installed, and an existing lounge will be converted to provide a day centre for 25 people.

The Seckford Foundation has been promised £379,995 from the district council and the Foundation has set aside £500,000 of its own money for the scheme.

The Housing Corporation turned down the first application for £1,194,599 and the result of a new bid will be known in March.

The county council could decide to put in £650,000 from the proposed Suffolk Public Service Agreement which is aimed at improving services using extra money from the Government.

Robin Vickers, director of the Seckford Foundation, said: ''The scheme continues to have a high level of support from Suffolk Coastal District Council and from Suffolk County Council and has been included in the Suffolk Public Service Agreement bid.

''We are continuing to receive support from a number of other significant grant-making trusts and bit-by-bit the funding package is growing. The result of both the Housing Corporation bid and the Suffolk Public Service Agreement bid should, I hope, be known by Easter.''


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