Tenants move into over-55s development

New tenants are celebrating  after officially moving into their brand new homes in Netherley owned by Riverside housing association.

Joseph Williams Mews is Riverside’s new retirement housing development for over 55s in Belle Vale, located directly opposite the area’s main shopping complex. The scheme consists of 56 affordable rent apartments as well as 12 apartments and two bungalows available to buy on a shared ownership basis.

The £9.1 million 70-home development has been developed in partnership with affordable housing specialist, Lovell. The scheme is due to fully complete in summer 2015, featuring facilities including a therapeutic whirlpool and community café themed around the history of Liverpool.

Dot Kelly, Riverside Area Manager, said: “Joseph Williams Mews offers varying levels of independence to older people, allowing them to thrive in their own homes.

“The new housing comes at a time of wide regeneration in Lee Valley. The finished retirement development will be modern and inviting with a staffed reception area, community café and wellbeing suites. We hope Joseph Williams Mews will become a valuable community hub for local events and activities for wider residents of Belle Vale.”

The new tenants were welcomed to their new homes by the Riverside team and local Councillor Janet Kent, Deputy Chair for the Mayoral Select Committee.

Julie McAleny has moved into one of Riverside’s new retirement living apartments along with her husband David. She says: “I’ve been watching the construction of Joseph Williams Mews over the last few months and I’m delighted our apartment is now finished and ready to move in.

“Our new home is light and spacious and I’m delighted to have a garden which I intend to plant some bedding and borders and have flowers in hanging baskets outside my front door.”

Along with her husband Dave Simmelker, Rose Siewhong is also another of Riverside’s new tenants at Joseph Williams Mews. Rose said: “I’m overjoyed to rent one of the ground floor apartments at the complex which is suited to my mobility needs.

“It’s great to have facilities like Belle Vale shopping centre close by meaning my weekly supermarket shop will be quick and easy.”

Lovell Regional Director Nigel Yates said: “This scheme is made up of high-quality homes providing older residents with the opportunity to live independently while knowing that help is available should they need it. In addition, it meets the demand for new affordable homes for rent locally as well as delivering homes for low-cost home ownership.”

The Liverpool City Council  area development was funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

If you are over 55 and interested in applying to rent one of Riverside affordable homes you can contact Area Manager Dot Kelly or Team Leader Linda Ahearn via Riverside’s Customer Centre on 0845 111 0000. Alternatively for enquiries about buying a shared ownership apartment or bungalow please call Riverside’s Home Ownership Team on 0345 155 9029.

Pictured: Riverside Team Leaders Linda Ahearn and Lisa Tyrer, new tenants Dave Simmelker and Rose Siewhong, Riverside Area Manager Dot Kelly, joined by new tenants Julie and David McAleny.