Queensview Multi-Storey Flats, Seacroft, Leeds.
Queensview is a 17 storey block of flats built in 1966 by Terson for Leeds City Council, which is now managed by "East North East Homes Leeds " near to the Seacroft Village Green, Queensview was converted into a Sheltered Housing block in 1997.
The ground floor flats were converted into two communal rooms, two disabled showers, two disabled toilets, a launderette and two offices. The residents flats are equipped with the Leeds City Council, 24 hour Care Ring system. The old second floor entrance has now been converted to a snooker room for residents.
Due to changes implemented by Leeds East North East Homes, residential caretakers are now a thing of the past, this applies to all 60plus multi-storey flats in the ENEHL area. They are now mobile caretakers who if you are lucky call just once a day for about 1/2 hour, residential wardens are also a thing of the past they are now called Scheme Support Managers. Residents are not happy with these new changes, from having wardens & a caretaker on site, with no consultation ENEHL have reduced the service it used to provide, to one where the safety & security of all its tenants is now compromised.
We still have a 1st class Home Care Service, but even this is about to change, with more of their work going to the Private Sector.
Queensview had its own digital CCTV system in situ, which provided a safe and secure environment for its 90+ elderly residents. This broke down & is not being replaced. Instead ENEHL has its own remotely monitored CCTV system. Mobile Security patrols to all the blocks have also been done away with. Some residents are now trying to fight these changes.
The demolition of the old Seacroft Shopping Centre took place in March 1999. Demolition was carried out by Ken Moorhead Excavations Limited. The main contractors were Quarmby Construction Ltd. , who along with Leeds City Council, East Leeds Family Learning Centre, USDAW. the Employment Service, Asda St James, Elida Faberge and Tesco worked towards the regeneration of Seacroft, this arrangement is called the Seacroft Partnership.
In place of the old Centre there is a new Tesco Extra 24 hour superstore, with a seperate petrol station, additional shop units comprising of Ladbrokes, Yorkshire bank PLC, Post Office Counters, Jack Fulton Frozen Foods, Bidet toilet seats, Tesco filling station, Poundland, Subway, Brantano footware, and a new Metro bus terminus. The development is called "The Seacroft Green Shopping Centre" WYMAS ambulance service were relocated from the back of the old Town Centre to a new ambulance station at Ramshead Approach.
The old Seacroft Grange is at last being converted to a Residential Home by Springfield Health Care. This will comprise of 96 en-suite residential rooms and apartments. Provision for day care, spa, conference and office facilities. This will hopefully create employment opportunities for local people. Opening is expected to be in October 2013.
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Do you know, or are you? one of the two boys on the other side of the road, old York Road, the Blacksmiths shop!