13 March 2019
A range of new homes in Balderton have been completed by Newark and Sherwood Homes and Newark and Sherwood District Council and are already improving the lives of local people.
Local volunteer Sheila Reid, 85, recently moved into one of the properties - a new wheelchair friendly bungalow with off-road parking. Ms. Reid suffers with health problems, including limited mobility and her previous home was becoming unsuitable.
The bungalow has full ground floor access facilities, including a level access shower and spacious room for wheelchair usage. In her spare time, Ms. Reid enjoys volunteering at Newark Hospital’s coffee shop and has been doing so for 15 years.
Commenting on her new home, Ms. Reid said: “Soon after moving in, my daughter phoned me and said how much happier and healthier I sounded. I struggle to walk so depend on my wheelchair and it is easier for me to get around now. Having close parking is also allowing me to feel up to going out more, either volunteering at the Hospital or meeting family and friends.”
The properties were built as part of the council’s development programme to deliver an additional 335 homes over five years.
Councillor Bruce Laughton, chairman of the district council’s homes and communities committee, said: “Ms. Reid’s home in Balderton is one of hundreds of new, modern and energy efficient council homes that we are developing as part of our £30 million council house building project.
“There is a shortage of affordable housing in Newark and Sherwood and we are delighted to help deliver a wide range and mix of housing to meet the varying needs of local residents. In addition, we are committed to continuing the necessary investment in our existing houses to ensure all tenants live in homes maintained to a decent standard.”
Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “We are always pleased to hear the positive stories of how new homes are improving the lives of local residents up and down the District. This is a prime example of how important it is to provide new housing to meet a wide range of needs, and in Ms. Reid’s case, an added community benefit through the amazing service she provides to Newark Hospital’s coffee shop.”
The homes have been built by local construction company, Woodhead Group, which is working in partnership with Newark and Sherwood Homes and Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Pictured above with Ms. Reid are (L-R) Andrew Fearn, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood Homes Board, Lesley Robinson, Newark and Sherwood Homes Board member, Councillor Bruce Laughton, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Homes and Communities Committee and Councillor Johno Lee, representing the Balderton North and Coddington ward.