Margaret House is officially opened in Uckfield

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FORMER Wealden District councillor Margaret Kirkpatrick was guest of honour last Thursday when she officially opened Uckfield’s new £6.34m housing scheme for older people, which is named after her.

The 39 high-quality one and two bedroom apartments in Margaret House, Lealands Drive, enable people with support needs to live independently at home. A restaurant is open to residents and guests. A grant of just over £3 million was provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

David Standfast, boss of Saxon Weald which manages and owns Margaret House, said: “This is a fantastic illustration of how good housing for older people who need care can be. We’re delighted with the quality and design of Margaret House, and grateful to the contractors, Denne, for doing such a good job.”

Mary Clare Deane, Wealden’s community services director added: “Not only does this scheme provide much needed support to older people within our community, but it also recognises the enormous contribution that Mrs Kirkpatrick has made to housing matters and tenants’ lives in Wealden, during her 24 years with the council.”

Cllr Bill Bentley, County’s lead adult social care member said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working for the benefit of the community. County and district councils worked with Saxon Weald and Housing 21, who provide the care, to open Margaret House successfully. Now we look forward to developments in other parts of the county.”