New £2.4m housing scheme for older people opens in Glengormley

Mayor Thomas Hogg was accompanied by resident Isobel English (left) and Clanmil chairman Steve Amos and vice-chair Joy Scott as he cut the ribbon to officially open the new Clanmil Housing development at Glenann Court. INNT 47-001-PSB

Mayor Thomas Hogg was accompanied by resident Isobel English (left) and Clanmil chairman Steve Amos and vice-chair Joy Scott as he cut the ribbon to officially open the new Clanmil Housing development at Glenann Court. INNT 47-001-PSB

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Clanmil Housing Association has officially opened its new £2.4million social housing development in the centre of Glengormley.

The development on the Antrim Road, known as Glenann Court, provides 21 one and two bedroom apartments for applicants from the social housing waiting list.

Pictured at the official opening of the new Clanmil Housing development at Glenann Court are Steve Amos (right), chairman of Clanmil, Stephen Miskelly (left) from Robinson McIlwaine Architects and Eddie O`Neill, managing director with QMAC Builders and chair of QMAC Rhonda Quinn. INNT 47-002-PSB

Pictured at the official opening of the new Clanmil Housing development at Glenann Court are Steve Amos (right), chairman of Clanmil, Stephen Miskelly (left) from Robinson McIlwaine Architects and Eddie O`Neill, managing director with QMAC Builders and chair of QMAC Rhonda Quinn. INNT 47-002-PSB

The scheme for people over the age of 55 has been provided by Clanmil Housing Association with the assistance of a housing association grant of £1.4m from the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development, with Clanmil providing £1million through private finance.

Conducting the official opening, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg said: “It is a pleasure to officially open Glenann Court and to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has moved into these new apartments. Congratulations to Clanmil Housing on providing these much needed homes that are specifically designed for people aged 55 and over. I hope that the new residents enjoy life both at Glenann Court and in Glengormley.”

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey commented: “Glenann Court is a much welcomed addition to the Antrim Road area of Glengormley.

“Apartment living such as this provides an excellent option for active older people. This facility has been designed with their needs in mind. It means that each resident can live independently in a safe, comfortable environment without feeling isolated, knowing that help is at hand should it be needed.”

The Minister continued: “I would like to congratulate Clanmil for once again providing a high quality, well thought out, practical and safe environment and I wish the residents every happiness in their new homes.”

Joy Scott, Vice Chair of Clanmil Housing, added: “Our aim is to provide high quality, affordable homes that really meet our tenants’ needs. Low running costs, excellent security and a convenient location combined with good design will ensure that our tenants at Glenann Court can continue to live independently in a home of their own as they grow older.”

Resident Isobel English, who took part in the official opening, said: “It was a big decision to move house at this stage in my life but already I feel that it was the best move I’ve ever made. My apartment is so much easier to manage than my old house and I’ve already got to know my neighbours. The security is a big plus too. You need to feel safe in your home no matter what age you are, but when you’re older the peace of mind that feeling secure brings is even more important.”