WINCHESTER civic chiefs have been given a cash boost in the will of a former city resident.

The city council stands to receive a £530,000 bequest this month from the will of Harold Harris, who died in Hong Kong in August 2011.

One of his conditions was the bequest be used to build homes for the elderly.

Speaking at a full council meeting last Wednesday (July 17), council leader Keith Wood said: “This is most welcome and we are very grateful for Mr Harris’ generosity.

“This could help a project that could be undertaken by the city council or go to aiding a housing association.”

Any development built with the money would include a memorial to Mr Harris and his wife.