Scooter lift shaft for housing complex

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SPALDING sheltered housing complex Nene Court is to have an external lift shaft built for mobility scooters.

The old folk’s complex, owned by South Holland District Council, will also get five plastic sheds to house mobility scooters.

Plans were approved by the district council planning committee on Tuesday.

Committee members heard the internal lift at the complex has reached the end of its useful life.

The external lift shaft will have pearl grey facing panels and the sheds will be grey plastic.

Spalding and District Civic Society criticised the sheds as “a cheap-looking, second-rate solution to a genuine need” and asked for a purpose-built structure “in keeping with the host building”.

But councillors welcomed the planning application.

Coun Howard Johnson said: “I have no issues with this at all, really.”

And Coun Andrew Miller said: “I very much welcome things that improve things for the residents.”

He said there was a small but significant anti-social behaviour problem and buildings to house the scooters were welcome.