22nd Oct, 2017

Time to start work on a new village

Coventry Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TIME capsule has been buried at a new retirement village being built on the former Butts Technical College site.

Earlsdon Park Retirement Village, which will include 262 homes, is due to open in 2016.

Scheme bosses said more than 900 people had already expressed an interest.

Among them is John and Molly Phillis, who helped bury a time capsule at the site last week to celebrate the start of construction.

The couple, both approaching their 80th birthday, have lived in the city for 40 years.

They said the community feel of the village – a joint venture between ExtraCare and the city council – was their main reason for wanting the move.

ExtraCare Chief executive Nick Abbey, said: “This Village will provide more than high care standards and a safe environment, our ambition is to provide an engaging lifestyle that includes family, friends and the wider community.

“We aim to provide this opportunity at an affordable cost for all.”

Coun Ann Lucas, leader of the city council, added: “The ExtraCare Village is a city first and is clearly something that residents in Coventry both want and need.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the development progresses and helps older people in the city to live the lifestyle that they want to, surrounded by a supportive community.”

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