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accommodation in the almost 400 year old Countess of Derby Almshouses
and the fabric of the building badly needs upgrading and restoration.
The Trustees therefore propose to convert the four existing bed sitting
rooms with their own kitchens and shared bathrooms into two modern and
self-contained one-bedroom flats and renovate the building.
As the cost of this work cannot be met from Charities'
funds the Trustees have applied to the Housing Corporation for a grant,
which would cover about half the cost. Qualification for a Housing Corporation
grant required registration as a registered social landlord, a status
which necessitates a high standard of administration and management. On
the 24 November 2002 the Charities’ application was approved so
grant funding will now flow. With an interest-free loan from The Almshouse
Association, a grant from The Manifold Trust and other funding in place,
work on site will start in about May 2003.