A NEW £10 million development of specialised housing for older people has been officially opened in Eastbourne.
Cranbrook is the latest Extra Care scheme, providing modern independent living to elderly and frail residents.
There are 62 one and two-bedroom apartments designed to make life easier for people who wish to remain independent in their own homes, but need some support.
For some this means they do not have to go into a traditional residential care home.
The first ever resident, David Rycroft, 70, said, “It’s great to be here. It’s like living in a luxury hotel!”
Residents have access to 24-hour care and support delivered by an on-site team and a range of facilities including a restaurant which provides a freshly cooked lunchtime meal.
The restaurant is also used by the local community in Langney.
The development at Cranbrook is a partnership between the County Council, Saxon Weald and Eastbourne Borough Council.
At a launch ceremony residents and staff enjoyed a tea party to celebrate the grand opening, with councillors from the county and borough councils, including Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and Saxon Weald managers.
Cllr Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care, said, “This is a double celebration. Firstly the opening of Cranbrook, which is the fifth Extra Care home in the county.
“This means there is now one in every district and borough in East Sussex. The other celebration is the partnership working which has made all this possible. This has allowed people to get their lives back with independent living and to enjoy Eastbourne.
“So I would like to congratulate all the partners in this project for their contribution.”
David Avery, Saxon Weald chairman, added, “I’m delighted that Saxon Weald was able to work with East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council to create such impressive, high-quality homes, designed specifically for older people. Good housing can improve lives.”
Picture: David Rycroft enjoying the sunshine in the landscaped gardens at Cranbrook