insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 165

NEWS NEW TONBRIDGE EXTRA CARE SCHEME REACHES MILESTONE As its spring 2018 completion date approaches, the charity’s new Tudeley Lane extra care housing scheme reached a key milestone in the development, as the highest point of the structure was completed in November. Representatives of The Abbeyfield Kent Society and contractors, Jenner, came together to mark the key milestone and place a final tile on the roof. SOUTH EAST RESIDENTS URGED TO BE WINTER READY AS RESEARCH REVEALS PUBLIC IS NOT PREPARED Gas distribution company SGN is supporting a new campaign urging people to be prepared for bad weather this winter and to know what to do if they have a power cut or gas emergency. Once complete, Rosewell House will comprise 59 one and two bedroom apartments, alongside an excellent range of communal facilities for over 55s with a care and/or support need. The apartments will be available on an affordable rent basis, through Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and to purchase through Older Persons Shared Ownership (OPSO). The show flat will be ready to view from January and apartments can be purchased off plan. Leon Steer, chief executive of the Society commented: “We are currently amidst a substantial development programme, which will see several extra care housing schemes being built across the county. Our current scheme in Gravesend, Watling Court, is hugely successful and has changed the lives of many of our residents for the better, thus, it is our hope that our new schemes will enjoy similar success.” Extra care housing is designed to enable over 55s with care and/or support needs to live independently in their own (rented or purchased) homes, with an emphasis on communal facilities and embracing a sociable environment. The launch comes as it’s revealed nearly a quarter (24%) of people in the South East admit they aren’t prepared for winter weather as colder conditions roll in. The figures have been released to coincide with Be Winter Ready Day – a new initiative run by SGN and the country’s other electricity and gas networks, which aims to help the public be better prepared if they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter. The initiative has been co-ordinated by the Energy Networks Association (ENA). The survey found that well over half (57%) of people in the South East think the reliability of the gas and electricity networks means they don’t have to prepare for winter as much as they used to. Elsewhere, 48% don’t keep a torch in their house in case of a power cut, and 68% don’t take steps to get their boiler serviced in advance of winter. Furthermore, 72% of South East residents don’t know who their local gas or electricity network operators are, with only 18% saying they prepare themselves for winter by finding out who to contact if their gas or electricity goes off. The energy networks are calling on people in the region to follow these three steps to Be Winter Ready: • Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111 999. • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. You can find their contact details on your energy bill. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is. • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours. For more information about the campaign, visit www.energynetworks.org and search ‘Be Winter Ready’. 165