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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Deserted Barrow flats poised to become care haven

A DESERTED town centre block of flats is set to become much-needed accommodation for residents with mental health problems.

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new role The flats in Storey Square, Barrow, are set to be converted into accommodation for people with mental health problems HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50059886B003

Councillors are set to agree the deal for Adelphi Court, a three-storey block of 12 one-bedroom flats in Storey Square, Barrow, next week.

The council-owned block has earned a bad reputation having attracted anti-social behaviour and posed problems for Barrow Borough Council.

Except for one occupant, the flats are now empty and for the past year the council has been considering its options, as no-one was registering an interest in living there.

The council’s housing management forum has been recommended to sign a five-year lease, worth £40,000 a year, with the Croftlands Trust when it meets on Thursday.

The trust will manage the flats to provide supported housing for people with mental health issues. There is a shortage of this in the borough. Residents will live independently, with support from adult social care, with a view to moving into entirely independent accommodation.

There are still some repairs needed and some furnishing and decorating work to be done. But the new residents could be inside by October.

In his report to Thursday’s meeting, housing manager Colin Garnett said: “This proposal enables the council to meet an identified need and will ensure the residents have ‘on-site support’ to ensure the intended objective is met and the flats have value to the community.”

Town centre councillor Mary Irwin, who sits on the housing forum, said: “It’s a splendid idea; a much better use than it standing empty and it’ll help these people as well.

“I’d also like to see them do some work to the outside as well, because it looks a bit dismal.”

No-one from Croftlands Trust was available for comment, but a statement in the report said: “It would provide service users the opportunity to live in self-contained housing without 24-hour shared living, but still have significant staff support.”

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Craig Charlton, are you serious? I hope & pray You or your loved ones are never effected by Mental Health Issues, especially when certain folks have this sort of attitude ?

Posted by Stephen Turner on 25 August 2014 at 23:42

My hope is that those people this Initiative is going to support will have some say in how this development is going to progress, for without that, the whole process will either be a success or yet another failure ! I am so pleased that the Croftlands Trust is Involved with this program as they always have there finger on the pulse of what is happening in the Mental Health field here & Nationally & I speak from first hand experience ! One thing I would ask is to that people start to question there use of the way people talk about Mental Health, to quote from Town Councillor for example , "It'll help (These people ) as well ? We all have to make a huge effort as Mental Health can effect us all & its not something people should feel afraid of talking about any more! One thing I would ask is that people should never feel alone, please try & talk to someone you trust ! Good look with the project.

Posted by Stephen Turner on 25 August 2014 at 20:34

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