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34 households found permanent homes following Beechmere fire

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 11:39am

By Jenny Bonson & Stephen Topping, Local Democracy Reporter

Photo courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue

A Cheshire East Council meeting has been given an update on the work being done to rehouse residents affected by the fire at the Beechmere retirement complex in Crewe.

150 residents were left homeless following the blaze on 8 August, that destroyed the buildings on Rolls Avenue.

The CEC Health and Adult Social Care and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee heard 34 households have now been found permanent accommodation, while others are in temporary accommodation. 

The authority is also working with housing partners to find homes.

Mark Palethorpe, Acting Executive Director of People, told the committee that contingency plans were 'tested' but worked 'really, really well'.

He said that while there is 'no definitive timescale' on the rebuild for Beechmere, CEC wants it done 'sooner rather than later'.

Meanwhile the company that ran Beechmere, Advantage, has released a video update with their Chief Executive Brian Cronin.

He says they have given residents emergency funds to help buy things like clothing.

Mr Cronin says Advantage have also been working with local estate agents to secure more accommodation, until Beechmere can be rebuilt.

An investigation into the blaze is ongoing.

Three of Beechmere’s social events are also being brought back to give residents the opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours.

They are: 

Tea & Toast: Monday 10.30am at What’s Happening on North Street 

Silver Screen: Thursday 11am at The Odeon Cinema (starting 3 October)

Bingo: Thursday 6.30pm at Prize Bingo (starting 19 September)

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