A new development of housing for older people in Kingswood will be formally opened tomorrow but without a promised pedestrian crossing.
Falcon Court, built on the site of a former council social services building on New Cheltenham Road in Kingswood, will be formally opened tomorrow by dignitaries from South Gloucestershire Council and housing association Housing 21. This is an Extra Care facility consisting of 40 self-contained units of housing available to older people with care needs, whose residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible both at home and as part of the wider community.
However, local councillors for the area say that the facility, which saw its first residents arrive in January, is still lacking a promised pedestrian crossing across New Cheltenham Road.
Councillors Pat Apps, Bill Bowrey and Terry Walker (Labour, Kings Chase) say:
“Falcon Court is a significant and important development in the provision of older people's accommodation in Kingswood. We are disappointed, though, that the building has opened without a suitable new pedestrian crossing across New Cheltenham Road. Such a crossing was considered necessary by the Council’s highway engineers when planning permission was granted and £20,000 was set aside by the developers for a crossing, but it has not been installed. We are campaigning vigorously for a crossing and expect the Council to deliver one urgently, as promised.”
In addition to the crossing, councillors are also campaigning for bus shelters to be installed. Councillor Apps, who is the Labour group’s spokesperson on Older People’s issues adds:
“The whole thrust of the council’s policy for older people's housing is to enable the residents to live active and independent lives. But the council needs to provide certain community facilities for this to happen and bus shelters are part of that. As it stands it looks like the council and Housing 21 have cut corners here and saved themselves some money by not building a crossing and not providing bus shelters. If both were now put in place Falcon Court residents could really begin to enjoy their independence.”
28th November 2012