Major work completed at hostel

PUBLISHED: 15:24 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

MAJOR refurbishment work has been completed at a hostel for the homeless. Eight new flats have been built on the site of the hostel at Ridgeway, Royston, while the 16 existing flats have been refurbished. It means there are now 24 temporary homes availabl

MAJOR refurbishment work has been completed at a hostel for the homeless.

Eight new flats have been built on the site of the hostel at Ridgeway, Royston, while the 16 existing flats have been refurbished.

It means there are now 24 temporary homes available at the hostel for homeless people from Royston and the surrounding area.

The work has been carried out by housing association North Hertfordshire Homes, which runs the hostel.

Kevin Thompson, the housing association's chief executive, said: "This refurbishment has been about ensuring that homeless families have access to high-quality temporary accommodation while they wait for permanent homes.

"The old units had very small kitchens, and families had to share bathrooms.

"Now all families have large, self-contained flats that better meet their needs.

"The scheme is part of a wider project between us and North Herts District Council to upgrade facilities for homeless people across the whole of North Hertfordshire."

Parking at the hostel has also been improved, while new communal facilities have been installed.

Cllr Bernard Lovewell, the district council's housing spokesman, said "Our continued partnership with North Herts Homes to upgrade temporary accommodation across the district is achieving excellent results for homeless families who should be treated with dignity and respect.

"We are delighted with the refurbished hostel at Ridgeway, as it now provides families in need with a really pleasant place to live until they can be offered suitable permanent accommodation.

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