North East Wales

Wrexham's Plas Telford over 55s housing scheme is opened

Plas Telford
Image caption There are 54 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments on the site

A £9.7m housing scheme for people over the age of 55 has been officially opened in Wrexham.

The aim of Plas Telford Extra Care in Plas Madoc is to promote independent living.

Facilities include 54 self-contained apartments with access to communal rooms, on-site restaurant, hairdressing salon, cinema and hobbies room.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said it would transform the lives of local residents.

"This scheme offers older people the opportunity to not only stay in their local community but also to live independently," he said as the ribbon was cut by Ysgol Acrefair school pupil Nikita Hodgson.

"Helping people to live as independently for as long as possible is a key aim of the Welsh government and Plas Telford is a great example of how we can help achieve this," he said.

The development is the first of its kind in the Wrexham area and is managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in partnership with Wrexham council.

Image caption The official opening of Caffi Paradwys, the on-site community cafe

Funding for the development came from the Welsh government - which provided £4.7m - and private finance raised by the Pennaf Housing Group.

Dafydd Ifans, chair of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association said the overall scheme has many "eco-friendly" features incorporated into the design.

Councillor Mark Pritchard, the Wrexham County Borough Council lead member for housing and planning said it was a "welcome addition to the services we offer in Wrexham".

The scheme was named after Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site.

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