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DEMOLITION DISTRESS: Garston housing estate demolition sparks concern among residents

 Published on: 2nd July 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents of Kytes Drive in Garston attended a second meeting with Anchor Housing Association on Wednesday, June 7, following the news that the bungalows will be knocked down and rebuilt.

The meeting involved showing plans for seven new bungalows, which raised concern as nearly 20 families with varying disabilities currently live on Kytes Drive who would not be able to live in flats.

Emphasis was placed by Anchor representatives on the high standard of the buildings they are prepared to supply, but residents say the lack of bungalows was “glossed over” with offers of three-bedroom houses, which would not be accessible for many.

Residents were also concerned about the minimal parking and lack of storage in the proposed plans, which would make parking and the storage of wheelchairs and other mobility aids more difficult.

Linda Ivey, a disabled resident who has lived in Kytes Drive for 23 years spoke to Garston News and said: “These plans are for able-bodied residents and bear no resemblance to the original intention of Kytes, built to house disabled people.

“They are looking for properties but fail to appreciate the impact on families with children at local schools, disabled person/persons’ care plans and how it will change if they are moved out of the area. How degrading is this process. Surely our lives are difficult enough.”

Leah Montia Thomas, regional manager at Kytes Drive, said: “We met with residents on June 7 to discuss the redevelopment of the location and are still developing the proposals, which will be submitted for planning permission.

“We will continue to work closely with residents to receive their input, ensure they are updated throughout and make the process as smooth as possible. The wellbeing of our residents is our top priority.”

Photo credit: Anchor Housing Association

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