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Havering Council agrees to spend £350,000 on transforming empty houses into care homes for young people

PUBLISHED: 08:31 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 30 July 2018

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The two six bed houses, one in Widecombe Close, Harold Hill and the other in Park End Road, Romford will be redeveloped into either a residential care home and one for semi-independently living young people, or two homes for semi-independent young people.

Havering Council cabinet have agreed to spend £350,000 on refurbishing two empty houses and transforming them into care homes for children and young people.

The two six bed houses, one in Widecombe Close, Harold Hill and the other in Park End Road, Romford will be redeveloped into either a residential care home and one for semi-independently living young people, or two homes for semi-independent young people.

A care provider is still being looked for to deliver the services and the final decision on what the houses will be used for will be made by the director of children’s services - Tim Aldridge.

Work is hoped to be completed by February next year.

The decision was made to refurbish the empty houses following an OFSTED report in 2016 that reccommended Havering brought more of its children and young people back to the borough.

The project is also estimated to save the council more than £144,000 a year across both sites.

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