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Families angry at Havering Council’s redevelopment plans for older people’s accommodation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 July 2016

Residents of Ravenscourt Grove are upset that their homes may be deomolished

Residents of Ravenscourt Grove are upset that their homes may be deomolished

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Relatives of older people living in sheltered housing have spoken of their concern after it was revealed many sites may be demolished or renovated.

Relatives of older people living in sheltered housing have spoken of their concern after it was revealed many sites may be demolished or renovated.

The redevelopment plans form part of the council’s 30-year business strategy, agreed by cabinet last month, to create more affordable homes, a new housing zone and extra care facilities for older people and those suffering from dementia.

Neil Stubbins, interim director of housing at Havering Council, said it was vital to look at the future needs of the older generation as 300 of the council’s 800 sheltered units have been deemed “not fit for purpose”.

He said: “Havering has one of the oldest populations in London. The percentage is set to increase by 16 per cent by 2021. The biggest increase is the 85-year-olds.

“Some sheltered units haven’t got lifts. Some people moved in when active and as time goes by cannot use it [lifts].

“People on the first floor feel that they cannot go up or down to see friends.”

But family members are concerned about the emotional toll of moving.

Brenda Orme, whose 95-year-old mother, Winifred Liddle, lives in Ravenscourt Gardens, Hornchurch, said: “My mother was on the phone crying. They are not telling people where they are going. Some people have cancer. It’s terrible.”

Coral Robinson, 52, whose mum Maureen Heathcote, 77, lives at Brunswick Court, Upminster, said: “We feel terrible about it.

“It was just a shock.”

Mrs Robinson’s daughter, Hayley, has set up a petition to stop the closure on Change.org, and has so far gained 293 signatures.

Mr Stubbins said residents have up to two years before they have to leave and visits to other sites were available to help them decide where to go. People who have lived in homes for 12 months or more will be offered financial compensation.

Other sites earmarked for redevelopment include Queen Street, Royal Jubilee Court, Sunrise, Solar and Serena Courts, Delderfield House, Park Lane, Maygreen Crescent and Dell Court.


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