David Miliband joins residents for coffee

When the Rt. Hon David Miliband visited a new housing scheme for older people in Whitburn last year he promised to return. Last week he kept his promise and joined residents at East Croft in Myrtle Avenue for morning coffee.

The South Shields MP last saw the scheme of 30 apartments and 20 bungalows when it was newly completed. This visit gave him the opportunity to find out how the residents are settling into their new homes.

Among those meeting Mr Miliband were Cllr Peter Boyack, who lives in one of the bungalows at East Croft, and Cllr Tracey Dixon who was instrumental in bringing about the new development.

Commenting on the visit, David Miliband said: “I was delighted to visit East Croft again. It is great that such a new development has a warm community spirit, the residents I met love their new homes and the fact that they have a library, shops and a fantastic coastline right on their doorstep.”
Claire Charlton, locality manager for Housing 21 added; “We are very pleased that David Miliband has been able to visit East Croft again. It is a delightful scheme. We’re very proud of it and I’m sure the residents feel the same.”

Residents at East Croft, which was constructed by Keepmoat, enjoy facilities including a secure door entry system with intercom to every apartment, a pull cord emergency call system and a full-time scheme manager. The development also has landscaped gardens and seating areas, a well equipped laundry room and a guest bedroom that can be let for short stays by family members and friends.