Two Milton Keynes sheltered housing schemes have won ‘Highly Recommended awards in the National Housing for Older People awards 2017. These are Petworth House in Great Holm and Hungerford House on Emerson Valley. Councillor Nigel Long is pictured at a recent visit to Hungerford above.
The national awards are run by the Elderly Accommodation Council a widely respected national body that promotes good quality housing options for older people.
The two Milton Keynes Council schemes faced stiff opposition. The were two of around 20,000 nominations nationally. The nominations cam from:
- 10,199 individuals
- 5,864 residents
- 2247 visitors
- 1934 staff members
- 191 volunteers.
For Milton Keynes schemes to win two wards is very good news. It highlights how much the Councils service is valued by residents.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, who represents the Great Holm area where Petworth House is located said:
"I am not surprised Petworth House has won this award as I know it well and it is a sheltered housing scheme which is very popular with its residents. I am very glad it has been recognised".
Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing, and a councillor for Emerson Valley, where Hungerford House is located concluded: “We are delighted that again two of our high quality sheltered housing schemes have achieved national recognition. It highlights again our very strong commitment to supporting the older residents of Milton Keynes. I would also like to thank the wardens service and the many other staff who support schemes and residents with care and support. I am proud of them.”
Lovat Fields Village at Willen, run by Extra Care Charitable Trust also received a Highly Recommended’ national award.
Cllr Nigel Long said, “Extra Care are an important partner for Milton Keynes Council and we welcome their award. It again reflects the importance of good quality housing for older people.”
More details about Petworth House.
More details about Hungerford House