The work that has started behind new hoardings at Warren Close on Finchampstead Road next to the surgery is the product of two years of intense preparation driven by the committed volunteer team who run Wokingham Area Housing Society, WAHS, and the new collaboration with Housing Solutions Ltd, another housing association for charitable purposes. The project has also been made possible by a substantial Homes & Community Agency grant.
The bedsit-configured bungalows were outdated making them less popular with prospective tenants and the cost of maintaining the 15 ageing bungalows had reached unviable levels for a longer-term future. Changes were inevitable for the survival and longevity of WAHS and the team of volunteers who manage WAHS have considered many options going forward to fulfil its original purpose set out by the vision of Lady Godsal and a group of her friends who set up the society with the gift of land from Isobel Vaughan Morgan. WAHS have owned the land and managed the properties since 1947. This not-for-profit organisation of charitable status was set up to encourage independent living by providing homes for older people of Finchampstead who needed to find affordable rent housing in retirement.
Wokingham Borough Council’s Housing Team efficiently rehoused the majority of the original tenants who are now established in various locations around Finchampstead and Wokingham and who are looking forward to returning in 2016.
Four two-storey buildings, comprising of 24 one-bedroom flats are now being built. These flats will be available for older people who aspire to live independently in retirement at an affordable rent from the middle of 2016.
More details are on our website www.wahs.co.uk
WAHS Secretary telephone: 07816 590 537