Work to restore and renovate four almshouses in Alford is now underway - thanks in part to a ‘bridging loan’ from East Lindsey District Council this week.
The Sir Robert Christopher’s Almshouses Charity recently secured a £200,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which was matched through various means including £20,000 from East Lindsey District Council, community fundraising and other funding organisations.
And this week the district council agreed to a request for a £200,000 interest free ‘bridging loan’, as the money from the HCA will not be made available until the completion of the project which is estimated to be in July 2014.
The council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor John Upsall, said: “It is great to see a project to renovate these Almshouses which have been empty for a number of years and have fallen into disrepair.
“The work will not only create four low cost homes for people in Alford, it will also vastly improve the local street scene and create work for local tradespeople.”
David Wood, chairman of the Sir Christoper’s Almshouses Charity said: “The Trustees are delighted that East Lindsey District Council has supported them and the community of Alford with the offer of bridging finance.
“This gesture along with the fantastic financial support from the community makes all the hard work of the Trustees over several years seem so much more worthwhile.”
Work started in September when the keys were officially handed over to Woodhall Spa builders Taylor Pearson.
As work nears completion there will be open days held for anyone interested in applying for one of the homes – set to benefit local people who are in need of assistance.