Search

Would ‘older person’s village’ be a ‘ghetto’ in Hornchurch?

17:00 03 April 2013

St George's Hospital

St George's Hospital

Archant

Would an “older persons’ village” in Hornchurch be a much needed facility or a “ghetto”?

That was the question at last week’s Havering Council meeting after a suggestion by the Labour group.

Cllr Keith Darvill (Labour, Heaton) said that the council should recommend to the new Clinical Commissioning Group that the former St George’s Hospital site on Suttons Lane, should become such a village.

He said: “We have one of the oldest populations of any London borough and it’s increasing.

“It seems fitting to consider the site as suitable for people in or near retirement.”

He added: “The site could sustain a mixture of homes for sale and rent and sheltered housing as well as a health centre.”

But deputy council leader Cllr Steven Kelly (Conservative, Emerson Park) said that there was a surplus of places for older people in the borough and a new facility would see people from outside Havering move into it - and potentially needing council care.

His party put forward an amendment which simply stated that the council would try to establish a health facility on the site, protect Havering’s greenbelt and that the proceeds from the sale of the site should be spent on local people.

Cllr Georgina Galpin described Cllr Darvill’s plan, which was backed by the Independent Residents’ Group, as a “wish list” saying that developers would come up with plans.

She added: “I don’t think Havering is full of just elderly people, we need young families too, it’s very important to actually have young and old side by side.

“If we have almost ghettoes of just older people, that’s not good.”

Residents’ Association member Cllr Barbara Matthews (Hacton) agreed.

“The key word is “ghetto”. It would be a magnet for all the local yobbery and everything else, it’s quite ghastly.”

The administration’s amendment was approved by 39 votes to 8.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

23 minutes ago
A child-only hair salon opened in Romford on Saturday.

A hairdressers, claiming to be the first ever children’s–only hair salon in Romford has opened.

57 minutes ago
Amanda Armitage, and her children Daniel and Emily at the top of Snowdon in Wales.

A family climbed a peak and raised more than £1,000 for a charity, which promotes cardiac screening for young people.

07:00
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell

Three months on from the UK voting to leave the EU, Romford’s MP Andrew Rosindell has reiterated calls for a swift and clear exit.

Yesterday, 15:55
Chris Cooper believes the fire last Friday has destroyed 90 per cent of grassland. Photo: Chris Cooper.

A park which residents have worked hard to improve has had large swathes of grassland ruined after a blaze ripped through it.

Yesterday, 13:18
Jake Lane, 16, suffered serious facial injuries after a stranger assaulted him and his brother at a bus stop in Heathway, Dagenham, yesterday afternoon.

A teenage boy could require specialist facial treatment after he and his brother were beaten up at a bus stop.

Yesterday, 12:24
Romford Magistrates' Court

A drunk driver has spoken of his “regret” after he kicked police officers and made threatening remarks.

Yesterday, 10:45
Shoppers at the Mercury Mall shopping centre in Romford

A shopping centre in Romford was evacuated as part of a safety exercise today.

Yesterday, 09:08
Romford station

Trains are being delayed between Shenfield and Liverpool Street after a lorry struck a railway bridge near Romford station.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now