Tyne & Wear

'Angel' site for bedsit residents in Gateshead

Sheltered housing residents in Gateshead have been offered alternative accommodation overlooking the Angel of the North.

It comes after Gateshead Council decided to decommission the council's sheltered housing scheme at Lyndholme in Low Fell.

It is made up of bedsits - a form of accommodation being phased out.

Angel Court, a £6m housing scheme, will offer 45 two-bed flats for the elderly and vulnerable.

Gateshead council said the 22 residents at Lyndholme had been given priority to take up residence at the new development.

'Superior standard'

The site, which is nearing completion, will also house a further six two-bed disabled-adapted bungalows within the grounds.

Councillor Angela Douglas said: "By offering tenants the chance to move from Lyndholme to the nearby Angel Court, we will be able to decommission yet another group of unpopular bedsits without having to move people away from one another.

"We'll be offering them a standard of accommodation and care far superior to that that which they have been used to."

When completed, the tenants will be provided with 24-hour care and support from council domiciliary care staff.

Residents will also be able to call upon a full time site manager and full time domestic support.

No deadline has been set for the closure of Lyndholme

Anyone choosing not to move to Angel Court will be offered priority for older persons accommodation elsewhere.

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