James Brokenshire MP experiences retirement living to the full

12 June 2018

James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has paid a visit to Sydney Court, McCarthy and Stone’s new Retirement Living Plus (Extra Care) development on Lansdown Road in Sidcup, South London.

The MP toured Sydney Court with McCarthy and Stone’s Chief Executive Officer, Clive Fenton, before taking the opportunity to meet staff and homeowners at the development.  During the visit, Mr Fenton explained the company’s broader commitment to building more retirement housing to meet the needs of the UK’s ageing population.

Following the visit, James Brokenshire MP said: “In order to build a country that works for everyone, we must ensure we are building all types of housing so that people have a safe and secure place to live.  This includes the need to build more retirement housing to support older people, so it was a real pleasure to visit Sydney Court for the first time, to meet all those who have made the move to the development, and to hear how this change of lifestyle has made a real improvement to their lives.”

Exclusively designed for those aged over 70, Sydney Court features a collection of 50 one and two bedroom private apartments that support older people to stay active and independent for longer.

The development opened last summer and just four apartments remain.  It features a club lounge, which is ideal for socialising with friends, beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax, and a convenient guest suite, should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay.  A bistro serves freshly prepared meals daily, and homeowners can benefit from access to tailored support, care and domestic assistance packages delivered by McCarthy & Stone’s on-site team.

The on-site Estates Manager and her team take care of the day-to-day running of Sydney Court, while a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind for homeowners and their families.

Clive Fenton, Chief Executive Officer at McCarthy and Stone, said: “We were very pleased to welcome Mr Brokenshire to Sydney Court and introduce him to McCarthy and Stone and the benefits of retirement living.

“Retirement developments help older people live in housing better suited to their needs, improve health and well-being and increase companionship, while also helping customers to release substantial equity.  By helping people downsize, they also free up the housing chain and let younger families and first time buyers join the housing ladder.” 

Many apartments at Sydney Court have stunning views across Waring Park and the development is in close proximity of a range of local amenities, including restaurants, shops and an Arts and Adults Education Centre. Homeowners also benefit from excellent transport links, with Sidcup train station less than half a mile away, connecting Sidcup with London Charing Cross, Lewisham and Woolwich. 

To find out more about Retirement Living Plus at Sydney Court, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4743 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/sydneycourt

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