Wednesday, 3 September 2014

LONG EATON HONOURS ITS LACE MAKING PAST


A new housing scheme in Long Eaton from Housing & Care 21, a national provider of extra care housing, has been named as Lacemaker Court. The name was chosen after two people from the local area, Mrs Jill Smith, and Stuart Allan, put forward the historical suggestion. It commemorates the vast lacemaking industry in Long Eaton which developed in the mid 1800’s. By the beginning of WW1, when the population of the town stood at 20,000, the industry had grown to 240 lace manufacturers operating 1,400 lace machines in total.

A ceremony recently took place at the site to officially title the extra care scheme. Over 60 one and two bedroom apartments will be available to rent or buy for people aged 55 or over, by early summer 2015. The apartments are being developed in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, and supported by Erewash Borough Council.

The housing development will also provide a specialist residential care scheme with 16 en-suite rooms and a 24 hour care service. The scheme, along with the additional day centre facility, run by Derbyshire County Council, will promote independent living and help to reduce isolation for older people.

Councillor Clare Neill, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Lacemaker Court is a great choice of name for this new centre and truly reflects the area’s heritage. It will be a modern, purpose-built centre and meet our very high standards, offering the best quality care and support to older people with a wide range of care needs from Long Eaton and surrounding areas. We are very proud to be a part of this development with our partners and are confident Lacemaker Court will be an important addition to Long Eaton and a great asset to the area as a whole.”

Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council, said: “Lacemaker Court will provide well-designed, affordable homes for many Erewash residents, which will be easily adaptable to help people who may have disabilities or mobility problems. We can see that this extra care scheme will be an asset not only to the new residents, but also to this area as a whole. I look forward to returning again in 2015 to have a look at the completed scheme, and to meet with some of the new residents.”

Karen Lewis, regional director for the Central East at Housing & Care 21 said: “We are grateful to the two members of the community who helped us by suggesting a fantastic name for the scheme.

“It’s wonderful that the community are already getting involved with this development, which will provide a vital and vibrant housing and support service for local older people. There will be self contained, spacious apartments available for residents to rent or own, as well as a care service, communal areas, and facilities and activities, promoting independent living, sociability, and choice.
We can’t wait to welcome residents next year.”

The extra care scheme in Tamworth Road is being constructed by Keepmoat and will be complete by April 2015. For more details, contact Housing & Care 21 on0370 192 4000.