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Council helps couple move five miles to a new home after 10-year wait

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

MOVING STORY: Lawrence and Ann Cook outside their new home

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A council's assisted move scheme has helped a retired couple find a new home after a wait of more than a decade.

Gainsborough-based West Lindsey District Council stepped in to pay for Lawrence and Ann Cook's removal costs.

And the couple, who are both in their 70s, have now made their home in the town after moving from a privately rented house in Upton five miles away.

The Cooks had been on a housing waiting list for more than 10 years, desperate to find a retirement bungalow.

Deteriorating health, the need to be near family and the town's amenities meant they were keen to move to Gainsborough.

WLDC's assisted move scheme covered the Cooks' removal costs and social housing landlord Acis chipped in with a voucher towards their redecorating costs.

“You know what it’s like when you walk in somewhere and just know if it’s right for you," Mrs Cook said.

"When I came here, I just sensed that it was the place for me. It’ll be nice and cosy here.”

West Lindsey's prosperous communities committee chairman Malcolm Parish said: "It's fantastic to see that the scheme is making such a big difference to people’s lives.

"There are many reasons why some people need help with moving house and we are here to help make that move as easy as possible.”

For more information visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/assistedmove, email IndependentLiving@west-lindsey.gov.uk or call 01427 676676 and ask for the independent living team.

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  • Pete67  |  March 22 2014, 6:35PM

    Yes it's so easy to downsize just ask Ian Duncan Smith. Pity he doesn't live on the same planet as the rest of us.

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