£678k revamp for Lincoln council sheltered accommodation

The City of Lincoln Council wants to modernise two sheltered accommodation properties in Lincoln, a project that will cost almost £678,000.

According to the proposal, which will be presented at an Executive Meeting on June 17, St Botolphs Court on St Botolph’s Crescent and De Wint Court off Bowden Drive need major revamp due to a projected increase in demand.

The works are being carried out in response to changes within the new welfare reform, namely the so-called Bedroom Tax, meaning there could be increased interest in the City Council’s 3,135 one bedroom properties.

The two locations all have issues that need addressing to improve the accommodation, such as electrical and heating, plus St Boltophs needs work relating to water hygiene.

To modernise though, St Botolphs’ 52 flatlets would have the kitchens extended and an en suite for each room, made possible by enclosing the balcony spaces, costing £8,000 per flat.

Communal wash facilities would be retained and improved for those with disabilities, such as hoist mechanisms.

De Wint Court would also get larger kitchen space and a private shower facility for each of its 37 bedsits and flats, costing £2,000 per home.

The council's other sheltered accommodation property, Derek Miller Court on Newland Street West, will be left as it currently stands.

The council’s other sheltered accommodation property, Derek Miller Court on Newland Street West, will be left as it currently stands.

The £678,000 sum will be brought forward from previously approved resources within the 30-year HRA Business Plan.

It is recommended that the Executive approve these alterations on Monday, June 17.