New sheltered complex for the elderly opened in Sarisbury Green

Councillor Sean Woodward with the Mayor of Fareham Geoff Fazackarley at the opening of Sylvan Court

Picture: Fareham Borough Council
Councillor Sean Woodward with the Mayor of Fareham Geoff Fazackarley at the opening of Sylvan Court Picture: Fareham Borough Council

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Residents and council staff gathered to celebrate the opening of a sheltered housing complex.

The Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Geoff Fazackarley, unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion at the new Sylvan Court.

Sylvan Court Picture: Fareham Borough Council

Sylvan Court Picture: Fareham Borough Council

Executive member for housing Councillor Kay Mandry said: ‘I’m delighted this fantastic project has been completed.

‘It offers first-class accommodation for our older residents and I am sure it will make a lovely home for those who move in.’

The £4.8m building, in Sarisbury Green, offers 36 flats with one or two bedrooms for people aged 60 and over.

Facilities include a communal lounge area, mobility scooter and bike store, hairdressing and beauty salon and landscaped gardens.

Cllr Kay Mandry added: ‘Sylvan Court is the second sheltered housing scheme we have recently built in Fareham and it is lovely.’

The mayor and mayoress cut a cake decorated with fondant strawberries to acknowledge the heritage of the local area, which used to be strawberry fields.

Guests at the opening event , including Councillor Sean Woodward and Councillor Connie Hockley, were entertained in the gardens with a singer while an afternoon tea was put on in the communal lounge.

Sheltered housing team leader Jaz Studley said: ‘I manage at least 10 sheltered houses in the local area and they assist those who have supported needs.’

The building also has CCTV and a secure door entry system which allows residents to view the front door and let people into the building.

Jaz explained: ‘There is always someone on call for the residents through an alarm system.’

The apartments are available to rent and incorporate a lounge, modern kitchen, a large bathroom, one or two large bedrooms and built-in storage.

Jaz said: ‘I believe it is high quality and there are lots of areas for residents to meet with family and friends. We also have a guest suite for family to stay in.’

She added: ‘At our other sheltered complexes we run Macmillan coffee mornings and we will be having one here soon.

‘Last year we raised more than £3,000 and Collingwood Court in Fareham raised over £600 as part of that.’