Residents move in for extra care

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MARY East, 89, is among the new residents at a former school that has been turned into social housing in Banbury.

She has moved from a cramped studio flat thanks to the £9.7m scheme at the former Stanbridge Hall School in Ruskin Road.

The building was also formerly part of Banbury School.

She said: “It is so bright and airy, with so much space. It’s easy to keep clean and I’m happier than I’ve been for a very long time.”

The “extra care housing” is a project between social enterprise Housing 21, Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council.

Extra care housing provides 24-hour care and support to help people live independently.

The development has 70 apartments and was built with £5m from the Government.

It also houses Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre, which will provide classes including cookery, gardening and IT and a shop, restaurant and salon.

County council cabinet member for adult services Arash Fatemian said: “Extra care facilities like this one mean that people can continue to have their own homes and take advantage of extra help when they need it.”

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The council wants 900 such places in the county, he said.

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