Central Canterbury News : September 2nd 2015
NEWS Central Canterbury Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Housing project for theelderly SAMSHERWOOD The first sod has been turned on a $2.4 million initiative to provide social housing in Leeston. Abbeyfield Ellesmere chair- man Bruce Cochrane said the project followed concerted lobbying since 2008 by residents in the Ellesmere area, to ensure older people are not forced to leave their home due to the lack of viable alternative choice in the area where they have always lived. Cochrane said the project would provide 14 independent studio units under one roof for ‘‘We haven’t got all the facilities we need, to recognise the various needs of our community.’’ Pat McEvedy , Selwyn councillor people who need a supported living environment without the need to go into a rest home. Residents will be supported by a live-in housekeeper and charged an ‘‘affordable rent’’ along with basic day-to-day support, with meals provided and communal social support. Building is due to begin soon, with the complex expected to be open by early 2016. Selwyn councillor Pat McEvedy said the housing project was ‘‘important’’ for the entire district. ‘‘We have an issue with hous- ing – our district is growing very fast and we haven’t got all the facilities we need, to recognise the various needs of our community.’’ McEvedy said council had a ‘‘leadership’’ styled role to play in assisting with providing housing. ‘‘Council’s not going to go out and actually build social housing. But we need to ensure that our community has a variety of housing stock.’’ Cr Nigel Barnett said the proj- ect was ‘‘another step in keeping the rural community together. It’s a very positive thing for a community to have and I know that there are others in our district that would relish the opportunity to do something similar.’’ Deputy mayor Sarah Walters said social housing was a challenge ‘‘across the whole district’’. ‘‘Selwyn used to have a wide range of options for housing at all different costs and the further you came out of Christchurch, the cheaper things tended to get. Postearthquake the housing affordability out here has lessened and even traditional cheap places are not as affordable as they used to be.’’ Funding for the project is being administered by the Vintage Village Trust, with money from the Canterbury Community Trust, the Social Housing Unit of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, local fundraising, and assistance from the Selwyn District Council. Trophy central A one-point-win for Lincoln University saw the netballers match the winning form of the University rugby team from a month ago taking out the premier grade championship in 2015. A blow by blow of the game and all the details are on P24. connection open P3 Cycle Nadia’s crispy salmon P19 Stage 2 sections under construction, coming soon. Need more space? Some room to move? It’s all on at Wilfield with larger sections selling now and stage 2 to be released soon. Secure your dream lifestyle section. Call today to find out more about Wilfield in West Melton.
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