Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Bungalows for elderly and disabled

Fri 15 January 2016, 3:18 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council is to finish work on 29 bungalows for elderly and disabled residents by the end of January.

The local authority said that people moving into the specialist homes will also free up council homes for those on the waiting list. 

In 2015, 37 such bungalows were opened, which made 56 bedrooms available. The 29 homes set to open in the next two weeks will free up 45 bedrooms.

In December, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, Councillor Saima Ashraf, visited residents of bungalows at Earls Walk, built on the site of a former garage block.

She met Mr and Mrs Bushe, who had just moved into their new bungalow from a three bedroom house nearby which will now be let to a local family. Mr Bushe said: “We are so pleased with the bungalow – it is perfect for our needs as we need a property that is more accessible.”     

Councillor Ashraf said: “We are building high-quality council homes across the borough from one bedroom apartments to family-sized houses to meet the needs of our residents – these bungalows are an important part of that mix.

“The bungalows are ideal homes for tenants who are perhaps living in a council house that has grown too big for them and they want to downsize, allowing bigger homes to be let to families on our housing waiting list.       

“Most importantly the bungalows allow residents to retain their freedom and independence in a safe and secure environment in which to continue to live to live their lives.”







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