On Thursday 2 May, RW Bro Max Bayes, Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, along with the Mayor of Wellingborough, attended a ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the extension to Palmer Court at Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough.
The Masonic Housing Association is building eleven one-bedroom flats suitable for couples and including a guest room. The new flats are scheduled to be available for occupation in early 2014. This project will contribute to meeting urgent, affordable housing needs, especially for older people.
The flats are all self-contained, with a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Accommodation is under one roof, with one protected main entrance door for security, but each resident has a front door to his or her own flat within the scheme. Personal safety and security is of paramount importance to elderly people, so every scheme has a resident Scheme Manager and emergency call system.
Half of the tenancy allocations will be to nominees of the Local Authority and half to the Association's waiting list.
The Scheme Manager of the existing Palmer Court, Jill Lett, said, 'This scheme is much needed in Wellingborough where there is a shortage of quality accommodation to suit the needs of older couples.'
The project is being financed entirely by the Association without any grant or public subsidy, although it does not normally develop and build new schemes. Formed in 1975, it is a registered Housing Association and already has 180 flats in five different Provinces.
For further information about the Masonic Housing Association and / or Palmer Court, please contact Stuart Henderson, Director MHA, on 07833 452977 or 01844 344960