THERE were smiles all around as the ribbon was cut at the official opening of a refurbished Burton retirement complex that was saved from closure by a Mail campaign
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and Mayor of East Staffordshire Ron Clarke were on hand to do the honours in front of dozens of residents and staff at Elizabeth Court, in Borough Road, Winshill.
This comes only months after a £3.2 million redevelopment project was completed at the site by Trent & Dove Housing, who took on the ownership and management of the complex after the Mail won a campaign in 2011 to save it from closing its doors and being bulldozed.
John Jackson, chairman of Trent & Dove Housing, spoke to the Mail about the historic day.
He said: "When we acquired Elizabeth Court from Anchor back in 2011, we promised existing residents that we would make their homes better places to be.
"With £3.2 million of investment, we have managed to turn what was a building with a faintly institutional feel into a sheltered housing complex which feels more like a hotel.
"It's superb to see so many smiling faces here now – both old and new, and we wish all of our residents the very best in their new homes."
Mr Griffiths, who was instrumental in helping to save the complex, urged residents to 'buy a copy of the Mail' to thank the paper for its pivotal role in saving the site.
The scheme, comprising of 47 one and two bedroom apartments, has received a facelift both inside and out.
Residents now enjoy enhanced communal facilities and residents also have the added security of an on-site scheme manager.