Pupils name new housing scheme

Pupils from Sauncey Wood Primary School have helped name Housing 21’s new affordable flexi-care housing scheme in Harpenden. Responding to a competition set by Housing 21 to name the development in Common Lane, 10 year-old Hannah Scott’s suggestion was ‘Lea Springs’, a name inspired by the nearby River Lea and Batford Springs.

The site is being developed in a partnership between Housing 21 and St Albans City and District Council and was previously home to the Council’s Leacroft sheltered housing scheme.

As a ‘thank you’ for her inspired thinking, Hannah was presented with a £25 Toys R Us voucher this week by Carleton Astley Independent Living Partnerships Manager for Housing 21 and Lorraine Lane, Community Liaison Manager from Hertfordshire- Willmott Dixon, which is building the new Lea Springs. Lorraine also gave a site safety talk to the youngsters when they visited.

Commenting on the competition, Carleton Astley, said: “We were very impressed with the creative names put forward by the children. Lea Springs is an ideal choice for the new development and in the years to come the children will remember the part they played in coming up with the name.”

Lea Springs will provide 21 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom flats for older people with care needs, enabling them to continue independent living with tailored care and support services. Residents will have the option to rent or purchase their apartment on a shared ownership basis. The development will also provide communal facilities including a lounge with dining area, activity room and hairdressing salon.

The District Council will be able to nominate people on its housing register to live in the rented accommodation.

Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council, said: “Lea Springs is a wonderfully apt name for this new development located near to the River Lea and Batford Springs. The re-development of this site is part of a wider council project to transform our sheltered housing schemes across the District into modern accommodation suitable for older people.”