Pupils name new Housing 21 extra care scheme

Imaginative primary school students in Greets Green have taken part in a project to help name a new Housing 21 extra care scheme for older people.

A group of 7 to 11-year-olds from Guns Village Primary School have worked with staff from Housing 21 and Sandwell Council's Partnerships and Housing Directorate to suggest a name for the extra care housing scheme which is being built nearby.

The children were supported in their research by borough archaeologist Graham Eyre-Morgan who spoke to them about the history of the area.

They also heard about the clever electronic gadgets which will be built into the development to help people live independently and overcome disabilities.

A panel made up of representatives from Housing 21 and Sandwell Council chose the name Goldfield Court following presentations by the students.

As part of the presentation, students explained how in the Norman era the area was covered in a gold-yellow flowering scrub plant called Broom, which was harvested and sent to weavers to be made into broomsticks.

They also went on to say how the Normans named their area Bromwich, after Broom, before it became known as West Bromwich.

The new development will be situated on Oak Lane and Dartmouth Street.

Housing 21 has been working with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and Sandwell Council to develop this latest scheme to provide extra care housing for older people in Sandwell. The scheme will consist of 92 apartments for people who are over 55 and will open in 2012.