Anivil court opening
Residents at a recently completed extra care scheme in Horley were joined by Councillor Dr Lynne Hack, the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, and other guests to celebrate the development’s official opening yesterday (30 April).
Housing & Care 21’s Anvil Court in Blacksmith Road welcomed its first residents in November of last year and the official opening was a chance for project partners to come together for the presentation of a commemorative plaque.
The 60 apartment scheme, which has been built in a partnership between
Housing & Care 21, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Surrey County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Barratt Southern Counties, provides affordable housing for older people with options to rent or purchase on a shared ownership basis.
Among the residents joining in the celebrations were Des and Madge Greenacre who moved from sheltered housing when their health started to deteriorate. Des, aged 75, said: “Both my wife and myself felt right at home from the start. Moving home can be a traumatic time but we were given lots of help to make settling in as easy as possible and we’re really glad we made the move.”
Apartments have fully fitted kitchens and level access showers. Residents benefit from a secure door entry system with intercom to every apartment, a court manager service and an emergency call system. The Waterlilly Café and Bistro and Hair21, a hairdressing salon, are based within the scheme and are accessible to the wider local community too.
Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Housing & Care 21 said: “Anvil Court is a delightful scheme and it’s nice to see how quickly residents have settled into their new homes. Extra Care living is all about enabling people to enjoy their independence for longer and Anvil Court is a good example of how this is being achieved.”
Cllr Julian Ellacott, Executive Member for Housing and Welfare at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: “As east Surrey’s first new-build extra care scheme and an aspiration of the Council for many years, it is great to residents settled in and happy and enjoying their new home and the fantastic facilities Anvil Court has to offer.
“Anvil Court provides much-needed affordable housing enabling our older residents to remain independent for longer.”
A few apartments are still available at Anvil Court. Further information on the sales units can be obtained from Housing & Care 21 on 0345 608 4021 or by emailing sales. Information on the rental apartments can be obtained from Reigate & Bansted Borough Council on 01737 276791 or by emailing Housing Register or from Housing & Care 21 on 0345 606 6363 or email lettings.