Lifelong Wem resident moves into new surroundings after Westlands renovation

Published date: 10 February 2017 |
Published by: Barrie White
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A FORMER resident of Wem’s Westlands care home has spoken of his delight at moving into new surroundings.

Michael Maddox, who has lived in Wem all his life, moved into one of the 12 new bungalows in Ranford Way in the town, which will be joined by 20 flats.

Mr Maddox, a former plumber and heating engineer, is one of four residents to move into the bungalows, and he thanked all those who made it happen.

He said: “I want to thank Becki Mills, my neighbourhood management officer, and my daughter Michelle Keane who have been so helpful and supportive during the move.

“I was concerned about the move at my age but it has been worth it in the long run. 

“My new home is well built, spacious and warm.”

The second phase of development should be completed by May 2018, and Shropshire Housing says Mr Maddox’s new home is a distinct improvement on his previous property.

There is more room for friends and family to stay, as well as greatly-improved insulation and modern facilities.

Although Mr Maddox has mobility issues and walks with a walking frame, with the help of Becki and staff from the building contractor S J Roberts, he and other residents from Westlands were able to view the bungalows before they moved in, giving them much-needed peace of mind. 

He is now looking forward to the spring and summer and to enjoying his new garden. 

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