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Over-55s given glimpse into future of Cradley retirement complex
11:49am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Local
CURIOUS over-55s crammed into an event to see what life will be like at Cradley’s controversial retirement village.
Over 90 people attended an event organised by Midland Heart at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill, to learn more about the complex on the site of Cradley High School.
Plans and models of the development, which is due to be completed in early 2015, were on show and visitors were also invited to take part in activities which will be available at the new complex.
And they were also asked to vote for the name of the new development.
Sarah Clee, head of older people’s services at Midland Heart, said: “This was an extremely exciting day for all of us involved in the project and we had some hugely positive comments from visitors on the plans for the development.
“The whole ethos of the extra care is that people can enjoy their later years and can see growing older as a fruitful and enjoyable part of their life. We are delighted that so many of the region’s over 55’s came to view and experience what will be a great addition to the local community.”
The £18m, 120 bedroom apartment scheme will have homes which will be available for rent, sale and shared ownership.
It will offer Dudley borough’s older population an opportunity to lead an active and independent lifestyle, while having help and support if and when required.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, added: “We are tremendously proud to be working with Midland Heart to help significantly improve housing options for older people in Dudley.”
Guests were also treated to relaxing hand massages and energetic Zumba demonstrations, as well as master classes in art.
Midland Heart’s employees also offered wellbeing advice and answer any questions on the extra care lifestyle.
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