£1.6m housing project transforms family life in Meirionnydd Monday 2 February 2015

Tenants at a new £1.6m housing development built by Grŵp Cynefin say that their lives have been transformed by the new properties.

£1.6m housing project transforms family life in Meirionnydd

The significant investment by Grŵp Cynefin in south Meirionnydd, has seen 17 new homes built at Tai Pendre, Tywyn with the emphasis on ensuring local people’s needs were met.

Tenants have recently moved into their new homes, which comprise four flats, nine houses and four bungalows, with one of the bungalows custom built for a family with bespoke needs.

The Pitt family, who has four children, says “the bungalow has made an amazing difference to us all.”

Both the younger children of the family suffer from life limiting illnesses. Their previous home was not large enough for their needs, especially as one of the children is in a wheelchair.

Mrs Jo-Anne Pitt explains: “It’s very difficult to explain how minor changes to our home have completely transformed our family life, thanks to Grŵp Cynefin.

“Our youngest children, Anthony, 10 and Annalyse, 2, both have special needs, with Anthony suffering from severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy. His quadriplegia means we have two carers that offer us some support during the day, with both myself and Mark, my husband, caring for Ant during the night.

“The fact that our bedrooms are now adjacent and on the same level, mean I can attend to Ant’s needs much easier during the night. It’s given us a great deal of peace of mind. There is now room in his bedroom for the carers to sit and relax with him, whereas in our old house, there wasn’t room for anyone else.

“Ant can also now join us as a family during meal times in the kitchen. Before, it was difficult getting his wheelchair into the dining room with everyone else sat at the table. He now joins us in the kitchen, whereas before he had to sit in the doorway, because the wheelchair access was difficult.

Older siblings, Megan, 14 and Elliot, 13 are delighted that they also now have a bedroom each.

Dwyfor Meirionnydd AM, Dafydd Elis-Thomas was welcomed by tenants to the site to see how they are settling into their quality new homes.

“The emphasis with this housing estate was to ensure homes were built for local people,” explains Walis George, Grŵp Cynefin Chief Executive.

“We have worked in partnership with Tywyn Town Council and Gwynedd Council to ensure the local lettings policy for the estate was just right. Our ultimate goal was to ensure that the local housing needs were met for the town,” Walis George explains.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas Dwyfor Meirionnydd AM said: “Tenants who have moved into their new homes say the houses built have transformed the quality of their family’s lives. Some are delighted with the space the houses provide for their young families while others are especially pleased to have large gardens for their children to enjoy.

“I congratulate Grŵp Cynefin for investing in south Meirionnydd, offering quality homes for local people and making a real difference to people’s lives in rural Gwynedd.”

Councillor Ioan Thomas, cabinet member for housing at Gwynedd Council said: “This development in Tywyn has bought great joy to these tenants. Affordable quality homes are, no doubt, at the top of our agenda in Gwynedd, even during a period of austerity.

“In addition, Grŵp Cynefin has been especially astute in ensuring that the design of some of these properties means that families are able to grow into their homes. The houses can accommodate an additional bedroom as families grow, without being penalised now by the government’s bedroom tax policy.” Councillor Thomas concluded.

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