Tenants given near £5,000 sweetener to move at Park Wood
Flats at the Park Wood
Giving up a rundown one-bedroom flat is a small price to
pay when a higher standard home and a £5,000 payout is on
It’s hardly surprising that none of the 544 tenants affected by
a major overhaul of Park Wood has complained about leaving their
homes, as each of them will receive an impressive compensation
package from Golding Homes.
More than £2.5million of the social housing provider’s
£38million project will be spent on moving people out of the 236
flats which are due to be demolished to make way for 191 new
Everyone expected to move out will receive £4,700 for the
inconvenience - even if they transfer to another unaffected
property on the same estate.
The first phase of the Wallis Fields scheme, which involves 100
homes in Wallis Avenue, Longshaw Road and Brishing Lane, including
Fairfax House and Washington House, was granted permission at a
recent meeting of Maidstone council’s planning committee.
Brian McGrath was one of
the tenants who has been moved out of phase one of the Park Wood
Seventy-six tenants have already been relocated - with their
“reasonable” moving costs covered by Golding Homes - and pocketed
the statutory £4,700 home loss payment funded by the
Brian McGrath, 67, lived in a ground floor flat in Wallis Avenue
for 11 years and was more than happy to move to a bungalow in
Reculver Walk, Shepway.
postman said: “I liked living in Park Wood but it’s one of those
things and I didn’t mind, especially as I was lucky enough to get a
"The money was great as I was able to buy new furniture and help
out my family but I’m going to be careful and not spend it all at
Mr McGrath decided against relocation in an unaffected part of
the housing estate and, if he opts to return to one of the new
properties, he will have to go through Maidstone council’s
Work is expected to begin on phase one by the end of the
A planning application for the final stages, which includes
Balmoral House, Belvedere House, Grosvenor House, Nelson House,
Reading House, Thanet House, the shopping parade and flats above
it, is expected to be submitted in the next few weeks.
Residents in phases two and three were invited to view plans at
the Fusion Healthy Living Centre, off Wallis Avenue, on
It’s hoped the whole project will be complete by March 2015.
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