First tenants move back into their refurbished living accommodation

Mayor Norma Redfearn meets new resident Pat Jackson at Rudyerd Court, North Shields.'REF 0412145016

Mayor Norma Redfearn meets new resident Pat Jackson at Rudyerd Court, North Shields.'REF 0412145016

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The first tenants have moved into a refurbished retirement living accommodation unit.

They were given a warm welcome by Mayor Norma Redfearn as they moved into the new retirement living apartments at Rudyerd Court in North Shields.

Mrs Redfearn joined them in a look around the fully modernised and renovated accommodation on offer.

The renovations are part of North Tyneside Council’s ‘North Tyneside Living’ scheme, which will provide more than 920 modern, independent living homes at 26 sites across the borough by 2017.

Some will be full refurbishments of current accommodation, such as at Rudyerd Court, while others will be brand new developments.

Rudyerd Court will eventually be home to more than 40 tenants in a mix of apartments and bungalows.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I’ve really enjoyed looking around and am very impressed with the quality of the apartments – just what tenants deserve.”

Pat Jackson has lived at Rudyerd Court for five-and-a-half years and said of her new apartment: “I’m really happy with it and I’d definitely recommend living here.”

Pat Neale moved back to her renovated apartment at Rudyerd Court, having lived there for eight years, and said: “Everything about the flat is so wonderful, it’s so much more than I could have hoped for.”

The council said North Tyneside Living offers high quality, easy, independent living for tenants aged over 60 to rent from the council.

Applications are being taken for the next North Tyneside Living properties to be released, at Eccles Grange in Backworth and Feetham Court, Forest Hall.

For more information call 0345 2000 102 or email tyneandwearhomes@northtyneside.gov.uk