When the homes of elderly residents in Winshill were threatened with closure, Andrew mounted a campaign to save the Elizabeth Court sheltered housing complex in Winshill.
The home’s owner, the Anchor Trust, announced that it intended to close Elizabeth Court and sell the land for development. Elizabeth Court offers a really important facility to its residents, some of whom are in their 90s. The proposed closure caused a great deal of distress to the residents and their families.
Andrew worked with the Burton Mail to lead the campaign to keep it open and presented a 3,725 signature petition to the Chief Executive of the Anchor Trust. Andrew worked with residents and their families to get answers to their questions and support them during such a worrying time.
Andrew met with the Anchor Trust and with the Chief Executive of Trent & Dove Housing to try to find ways of keeping the home open. After a five month campaign, Anchor U-turned and agreed to transfer the complex to town housing association Trent and Dove.
Now, following a £3.2 million renovation, Trent & Dove Housing’s Elizabeth Court Sheltered Housing scheme, in Brough Road, Winshill, is now fully open and serving its residents.
The scheme, comprising 47 one and two bedroom apartments, has received a complete revonation both inside and out.
Residents now enjoy enhanced communal facilities such as a sun lounge, gardens, activity room and hair salon, while their own apartments boast smart new kitchens and wetrooms with many apartments enjoying countryside views due to Elizabeth Court’s elevated position.
The scheme is fully accessible by wheelchair, has a lift to all floors and there is even a scooter store where residents with limited mobility can charge their machines overnight. Residents also have the added security of an on-site scheme manager.