WORRIED RESIDENTS of the ICE Benevolent Fund's Mill Hill Close estate will be able to stay in their homes even if the estate is sold, fund trustees said this week.
Residents were concerned that a sale would mean they would have to leave the estate - built in the 1950s to house ICE members and their families with financial problems.
However, the residents' future is now secure, said fund secretary Mike Casebourne.
'If the house they occupy is sold, it will be sold under protected tenancy, ' he said.
This would mean the current 13 residents, many of whom are over 70, could stay as long as they were able to live unassisted.
The future of the estate and its residents came under question (NCE 24 May) after it emerged that the £3.8M property is making an annual loss of £100,000, and less than half the available flats are in use.
A working group has now been set up to assess the future of the estate, which may yet be sold. It is not yet known however if further residents will be invited to use the empty flats.