Victorious!

SAVED: Barnfield residents Jill Sheridan, Susan Midgeley, Mike Neville and Pat Nicholson are thrilled to be staying at the complex. (d09111148)
SAVED: Barnfield residents Jill Sheridan, Susan Midgeley, Mike Neville and Pat Nicholson are thrilled to be staying at the complex. (d09111148)

People in fear of losing their homes have been saved by a new landlord.

Residents of Barnfield sheltered housing complex in Batley Carr were told in August that it was at risk of closure due to its high refurbishment costs. Not-for-profit charity Anchor, which owns and runs the Beckett Road complex, said the site could either be taken on by a new landlord or closed, with residents moved to other accommodation.

But at a private meeting on Monday, the charity announced a new landlord had been found and residents would be able stay in their homes.

In a statement, Anchor said it was in advanced discussions with Alpha Homes about the transfer of the scheme.

Barnfield residents have welcomed the announcement after months of worry.

Mike Neville, spokesman for the residents, said: “We’re very pleased. It’s a big relief for all the people here.”

Praise was also given to Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood, who met residents and raised their plight in Parliament.

Mr Neville said: “I think his involvement was pretty crucial. If we had just let it go and not got him involved I don’t think the story would have gone to Parliament.”

He added that waiting for Anchor’s decision had been ‘unnerving and unsettling’ following the shock announcement in August.

An Anchor spokesman said it would continue to support its customers throughout the transfer.

He added: “We have been entirely focused on achieving this positive outcome for tenants. It means that customers will be able to continue living at Barnfield and our colleagues will transfer with the scheme to the new landlord.”