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Moving Forward at Pannel Croft Community Workshop

1st September, 2011

Around 65 potential residents came along to a community workshop about ExtraCare's newest Birmingham village, Pannel Croft in Newtown, which is expected to open in Spring 2013.

Pannel Croft Community Workshop

The group worked with ExtraCare staff, including Commissioning Manager Paul Bradford and Community Relations Worker Ian Jennings, to ensure that everyone's cultural needs would be met when the second Birmingham village is complete, looking particularly at the issues of catering, support and security.

Some police officers were also there to answer questions about security. The village site is about 400 yards away from the police's rapid response centre for the region.

Sue Harrison, from nearby Aston, said that security was an important issue for her and a reason that she wants to move to Pannel Croft Village. As she currently lives on her own, she feels it would be safer to have more help easily on hand and live in a closer community.

The group also discussed hair and beauty, activities and shopping at the event at the Pertemps Office in Newtown.

They have decided to be called Friends of the village, like other groups around the country.

"People are quite genuinely interested," said Ian Jennings, who has been talking to local community groups about the development for several months. "There's quite a good vibe. We had a real level of excitement and buzz about the whole thing."

Another potential resident, Stan Griffiths, said that he was looking forward to learning more about the village in the future. "I'm just down the road and it looks great," he said.

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: "It is always good to hear that future residents are excited and eager to move into a new home, it is news like this that makes my job rewarding.

"Pannel Croft village will offer its residents excellent quality accommodation with care support, social and leisure facilities for people over 55. This style of village has become very popular in recent years and continues to go from strength to strength."

Paul Bradford said that it was a "brilliant" event. "We were very thankful to Stuart, the Pertemps Manager, and his team, especially Colin the caretaker and Liz the chef for all their help and support," he added.

The first show apartments for Pannel Croft Village are expected to be open in early December.


Mr Kwok Hing Fung, Community Relations Worker Ian Jennings, Mr Colin Walsh and Ms Sue Harrison.

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