New feel to new look King’s Lynn estate say residents

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Megan Mannard and Matthew Pennington ANL-150104-100302009
Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Megan Mannard and Matthew Pennington ANL-150104-100302009

Lynn’s Hillington Square is not just undergoing a physical transformation but also a cultural change as well according to the people who live there.

Residents who are settling into the revamped flats in Millfleet Court say there is a greater sense of community and far less problems.

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Keith Elliott in his kitchen. ANL-150104-100137009

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Keith Elliott in his kitchen. ANL-150104-100137009

Freebridge Community Housing is spending £30 million on improving 320 flats over a four year period.

Lovells began work in August 2013 to give the 1960s council blocks a complete internal and external transformation.

New kitchens and bathrooms have been added to the insulated flats along with secure entrances and the removal of external cladding.

The project reached an important milestone at the end of last year as residents began to return to Millfleet Court.

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Sandy Lea in her Lounge ANL-150104-100202009

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Sandy Lea in her Lounge ANL-150104-100202009

Among them were Megan Maynard and Matthew Pennington, who moved into a studio flat.

Mr Pennington, 23, has lived on Hillington Square since he was 10 years old and has noticed a massive improvement .

He said: “People used to say ‘You’re brave” when I said I lived on Hillington Square.

“But I’ve not heard that since the revamp. People say it looks nice now and are trying to get houses here.

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Megan Mannard and Matthew Pennington ANL-150104-100302009

Millfleet Court Residents King's Lynn'Megan Mannard and Matthew Pennington ANL-150104-100302009

“Before you would see people walking around under the influence of alcohol throwing up.

“Since the changes, I’ve only noticed one person and they were standing at the bus stop.

“It is nicer, they have taken away the walkways and there is no where for people to sit down and do that sort of thing.”

Although Mr Pennington did report a few teething problems he said the flats were better and warmer.

He added: “If you touched the big old plastic windows they would push forward. It was freezing cold.”

Miss Maynard, 21, moved into the flat, which looks on to Millfleet, four months ago from Grimston.

She said: “It’s really peaceful. I used to sleep around Matthew’s house and there was so much noise. Now we can’t hear a thing.”

Sandy Lea,69, has lived on Hillington Square for about 25 years and previously lived in Thompson House.

Mrs Lea and her husband Ron, who had died recently, moved into the lovely three bedroom maisonette on December 4.

Mrs Lea is getting to know her new neighbours.

She said: “You don’t feel as lonely as there is always something going on. I know a lot of the people and they are lovely and talk to one another.

“We didn’t have that before as everyone kept to themselves. A couple came to my husband’s funeral and people say hello.

“The flat is lovely. I have a nice garden with a patio which I didn’t have before and I have a massive kitchen which is fitted out beautifully.”

Keith Elliott, 53, has spent 13 years living in the square and has noticed a massive change since moving into a studio flat in October.

He said: “Things have improved vastly and not seen any sign of anti-social behaviour. It is extremely quite being here and there is no noise at all.

“The changes are fantastic and they are much bigger inside. The kitchen is my favourite part of the flat. They have made a space for a washing machine which was not available to me before.

“The flats are really homely and really nice.”