Tenants enjoy £1.9m project

PUBLISHED: 14:01 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

EIGHT elderly tenants are enjoying their new look homes as a £1.9million project to rejuvenate sheltered accommodation nears completion. The work at Vicarage Mead, Thaxted, ordered by Uttlesford District Council and being undertaken by TJ Evers Constructi

EIGHT elderly tenants are enjoying their new look homes as a £1.9million project to rejuvenate sheltered accommodation nears completion.

The work at Vicarage Mead, Thaxted, ordered by Uttlesford District Council and being undertaken by TJ Evers Construction, began in November 2005 and is due to be finished by the end of April.

Once completed, the complex will consist of 20 flats, with 10 for single occupancy, eight for couples and two for disabled tenants.

Residents already occupying the flats were allowed to stay on-site during the work.

UDC's Housing Champion, Cllr Mike Hibbs, said: "Unpopular and hard to let bedsits are being transformed into one bedroom flats with upgraded communal areas and new services with a new roof and new windows.

"Refurbishing old buildings with the residents still on site must be the hardest possible project but it's been very successful.

"The building looks modern, is well lit and comfortable, popular with the residents and includes environmentally friendly measures."

A communal lounge and a hairdressing salon are among the building's features.

And the flats consist of new fully-fitted kitchens, showers and double glazed windows.

Thaxted district Cllr Martin Foley said residents were keen to stay in their homes whist the work was carried out.

"There has been close involvement with residents and the local community during this project and it was the wish of the residents to stay in the building during the works," he said.

"Despite the noise and dust, they just did not want to leave Thaxted.

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