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Accommodation for stable staff in Malton will be tribute to Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson
A LASTING tribute to two young jockeys who died in a fire in Norton has moved a step closer.
Earlier this year, Racing Welfare announced that it had secured the purchase of a property in Malton which would provide safe, supported accommodation for young stable staff in the area.
The property at 4 Old Maltongate was formerly a solicitor’s office and has already been granted residential change of use by Ryedale District Council.
Since the acquisition of the building, the charity has been given an opportunity to purchase some additional outbuildings which will provide the scope to develop a larger scheme, subject to planning consent.
Conversion works on the Victorian building and a new-build extension will begin when planning permission has been granted.
It will see the ground floor become the charity’s welfare office, and the upper floors will be converted into six bedrooms, a communal lounge, kitchen and bathrooms.
Part of the funds for the development were donated after the deaths of Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson in a fire at Buckrose Court in September 2009.
Simon Clarke, chairman of Racing Homes, which is Racing Welfare’s own housing association, said the property would provide young people entering the racing industry with comfortable homes and extra personal support from the local Racing Welfare team.
“Our on-going consultation with Malton’s racing community will ensure that our latest development caters for the needs of the town’s racing people,” he said.
“Our potential plans for the development of the site include a community and IT suite which will be available for use by the wider racing community.
“We will continue to work with the families of Jan Wilson and Jamie Kyne to ensure that the facility represents a lasting tribute to two young lives so tragically lost.”
Simon said it was planned to open the new facility in 2014 with a total re-development cost of about £500,000.
“We are delighted that the Jockey Club has agreed to provide us with additional project management and technical support for this project,” he said.
“The new homes will give peace of mind to the young residents and their families as they take their first steps into the challenging world of racing, while the development of a community suite will benefit the Malton racing community as a whole.”
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