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Hub scheme gets report thumbs up
7:40am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
A COUNTYWIDE commission has praised work done in South Ockendon to bring the community together.
Over the past nine months the Who Will Care report has looked into challenges faced by Essex since the 1960s and the importance of communities.
The report, commissioned by Essex County Council, praises the South Ockendon Centre, saying they “were excited by the model being explored in Thurrock around the use of existing state-owned premises to create community hubs”.
The report said: “The South Ockendon project could be a beacon for the rest of Essex and brings together all services in one building including library, children’s services, voluntary services, a creche and E-citizen kiosks.”
They were also impressed by housing plans for Derry Avenue, also in South Ockendon, a new block of 25 flats specifically designed for the needs of older people.
The report states: “We were impressed by the excellent plans in Thurrock for the specialised housing units at Derry Avenue designed to be ‘care-ready’ so new technology can be easily installed.”
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