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Plans to pull down Grove Court spark anger 

 Published on: 2nd November 2018   |   By: Rebecca Dundon   |   Category: Uncategorized

A proposal to demolish and rebuild Grove Court has sparked anger and concern.

Last month MyCroxleyNews revealed Thrive Homes, which owns the site, spoke with residents to get their take on a proposal for a multi-million pound refurbishment. 

Up to 50 affordable flats are planned along with special design features to bring the site up to, what bosses claim will be a better standard of modern living. 

Concerned resident, Yvonne Rowe contacted MyCroxleyNews on behalf of two of the current residents. 

She said: “This is the only sheltered housing in Croxley Green at an affordable price rent and it is to be replaced by unsheltered flats.

“In addition whilst this project is being done the residents will be housed ‘somewhere’ in the three rivers district. They can return if after two years the project is complete and suitable for their needs. But it will not be sheltered and any age group will be housed there as well.

“I find this so unfeeling for the existing elderly residents some of whom have been living there for 20 years plus. They enjoy a safe environment with the same age group people who have the same needs and interests.”

Jack Burnham, Development Director at Thrive Homes, commented: “Grove Court is in need of major improvement and we believe an ambitious £10million investment is the way forward. 

“We appreciate and understand the disruption that this proposal will cause, however, our significant investment in Grove Court will maximise independence and quality of life for residents today and in the future. We hope that the Council will work with us to provide these much improved and much needed homes for all in the area.”

However, Yvonne is not convinced: “I don’t understand why this should change, we are supposed to be more aware and considerate of our elderly citizens, not isolate them in flats where they know nobody and have to start all over again, many of the residents have lived in the Croxley Green area all their lives and all their relatives and friends are local to them.”

Initial plans are being handed over to Three Rivers District Council in this month, with a view to work starting on site in spring 2020.

Picture courtesy of Thrive Homes  

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