Mayor marks a new beginning

Mayor of Kirklees Coun Andrew Palfreeman is opening the newly refurbished Oxford Grange on Oxford Road, Gomersal, which has had �2.1m spent on it. (d17051142)
Mayor of Kirklees Coun Andrew Palfreeman is opening the newly refurbished Oxford Grange on Oxford Road, Gomersal, which has had �2.1m spent on it. (d17051142)
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A MULTI-million pound investment programme which has transformed Oxford Grange in Gomersal was officially opened on Monday.

The Mayor of Kirklees Coun Andrew Palfreeman cut the ribbon marking the culmination of a £2.1m scheme to remodel and modernise the flats as part of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing’s Decent Homes Programme.

Oxford Grange, which is home to 15 residents over the age of 60 who need varying degrees of support, is the last of the schemes to be refurbished in Kirklees.

As well as creating individual, self-contained flats and getting rid of bedsits, the communal areas have been completely transformed with a refurbished lounge and dining room. Disabled access has been improved, a new communal kitchen, laundry and hair dressing room have been built, while outside, new Juliet balconies, windows, fencing, roofing, solar tiles and landscaping helped complete the transformation.

Residents are thrilled with the results.

“Everything is wonderful; I can’t fault a thing,” said Eric Wolstenholme.

Fellow resident Joan Lee agreed: “It is so much better to sleep in a separate room and have my own shower room. But most of all it is lovely to welcome everyone into my new home.”

Grange residents, KNH and Kirklees staff, architects and contractors worked together during every stage of the improvement programme to make sure the work went smoothly.

The opening ceremony was also attended by MP, Mike Wood, ward councillors, and staff from KNH and Kirklees who have been involved in the refurbishment scheme.