Residents will not pay costs
RESIDENTS of an old people's housing complex in Epworth will not have to pay towards the costs of running a new communal room, social housing landlords have confirmed.
When the land on which Albion Grove was built was originally acquired by the former Isle of Axholme District Council, it was with a warning that it was for the benefit of the elderly people of Epworth.
Concerns started growing from residents in 2011 when North Lincolnshire Homes (NLH) – which later took on the site – completed work to revamp some of the dilapidated homes because, as part of this work, a communal area and some flats were demolished.
North Lincolnshire Council later stumped up £80,000 for the communal area to be replaced – but concerns about running costs persisted.
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Now Martin Phillips, development manager at NLH, has said: "The records North Lincolnshire Homes have are that only the demolished sheltered bedsits were classed as sheltered housing, and were the only residents to pay for the communal facility.
"North Lincolnshire Homes will cover the costs of running the new communal room. Existing tenants of the neighbouring flats will not be asked to contribute."