About our Flats
Mabel Luke Place was completed in May 2018 and provides 16, modern, light & airy and energy-efficient (rated as “B”) flats in central Newbury. They are all almshouses, mostly occupied by families and residents must have a connection to Newbury town or the parish of Greenham. The flats are located close to Newbury town centre with schools, nurseries, Victoria park and the bus and railway stations within walking distance.
There are four, one-bedroom flats on the second floor, six first floor flats with two bedrooms and six ground floor flats with two bedrooms. Although the flats are suitable for wheelchair users, there are no lifts or additional mobility adaptations.
The flats have:
· an open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room
· fridge/freezer, oven, hob with a hood and a washer/drier.
· TV points and communal aerial dish.
· bathroom with a toilet, handbasin, a bath with a shower above
· storage cupboards
· their own front door, accessed through the block’s entrance door and hallway.
· is a video door entry system
There are communal garden areas with rotary driers and the ground floor flats have small private gardens, accessed through a patio door from the sitting room.
Each household is issued with a visitor’s parking permit and if they have the use of a vehicle, are also given one resident’s parking permit. There is a bicycle store and a small communal outside storeroom.
What it means to be an almshouse resident
Almshouse residents are not tenants but are beneficiaries of the Charity with a Licence to Occupy, however the Charity follows the standards required by the Regulator of Social Housing and our Licence agreement differs very little from an assured tenancy. Licences are given initially for 12 months and will be extended beyond that introductory period following a satisfactory review.
Residents pay a Weekly Maintenance Contribution rather than rent.
The weekly contribution for a one-bedroom flat at Mabel Luke Place is currently (1st April 2021) £151.12 and for a two-bedroom flat it is £170.11. This is within the Local Housing Allowance limit and many of our residents claim Universal Credit or Housing Benefit.
Residents must also pay their own Council Tax, water, gas and electricity bills.
· Mabel Luke Place is strictly a non-smoking environment, this applies both inside the flats and gardens and in all communal areas.
· Pets are not permitted.
Now recruiting new Directors
We are looking for new Board members who have a genuine interest in helping to provide good quality, affordable homes for local people.
You will be willing to accept some responsibility and enjoy working as a member of a team. You will like people, be well-organised and reliable and familiar with using email and online resources.
The role is unpaid.
We are particularly looking for volunteers who have one or more of the following:
- Practical skills. Perhaps you enjoy DIY or have a background as a tradesperson. We use contractors to do repairs on the flats but it is often necessary for a Director to visit a flat to look at a problem reported by a resident and assess what needs to be done.
- IT skills. We are currently working on our website but need someone who will help to keep it updated and perhaps help us to make more use of social media.
- People skills. We don’t provide support services to our residents but we do go to see them when they have (or are causing) a problem and give appropriate advice.
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