MP joins celebrations as new Extra Care scheme opens

Residents at a new extra care housing scheme, for older people, had a visit from Wallasey MP and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Angela Eagle last week.  Willow Bank in Wallasey held its official opening and Ms Eagle joined Councillor Alan Jennings, the Mayor of Wirral, for the presentation of a commemorative plaque to the residents. Children from nearby Park Primary School also attended and sang for the residents and guests.

The £8.7 million scheme of 70 homes welcomed its first residents in October and is the first of two new Housing 21 developments in Wirral, designed to enable older people to live independently in their own homes.

Receiving the plaque on behalf of the residents was Mrs Mary Maley, one of the first residents to move in, who said: “Willow Bank is a beautiful place. It is quite unique. I think congratulations should go to the architect and all who helped build it as well as special thanks to all those who work at Willow Bank for their hard work.”

Tayo Bilewu, director of development and new business for Housing 21, said: “Willow Bank is an excellent example of how older people’s housing and care can be transformed.  We are delighted to have worked with Wirral Council in the provision of this further extra care facility which will bring huge benefits, both to residents and to the local community.”

Said Cllr Bob Moon, Wirral’s cabinet member for social care and inclusion: “We are delighted to have worked with Housing 21 on this scheme. Extra care housing offers another choice of housing for older people to support independent living and at Willow Bank.  They have created an exciting scheme, in an excellent location, that is really engaging with the local community. It demonstrates how partnerships like this can help to transform an area, create a better environment and bring people together’.

Built on the site of the former Manor Trust building, Willow Bank consists of 43 two bedroom apartments, eight one bedroom apartments and 19 two bedroom bungalows for rent and shared ownership.  Communal on-site facilities include a lounge, restaurant, shop, hairdressing salon, activity room, assisted bathroom and landscaped gardens.

The second of the brand new extra care schemes is Mendell Court in Bromborough, which will complete later this month. Housing 21 also has two further extra care schemes in the borough with Harvest Court in Moreton and Granville Court in Wallasey.