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Havering sheltered housing units under review

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 May 2016

Resident Brian Laws outside Sunrise Lodge

Resident Brian Laws outside Sunrise Lodge

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Hundreds of sheltered housing units for over 60s are under review, as part of a plan to modernise facilities across the borough.

There are 26 sheltered housing sites comprising 781 units, bedsits and one to three-bed flats.

Residents at Sunrise Lodge, Sunrise Avenue, Hornchurch, expressed concerns about the outcome of the review.

Brian Laws, 79, said: “Some people are 90, people don’t want to move. It can finish them off.”

Mr Laws said some units are unoccupied, which is affecting

morale and making it harder to keep community activities such as quiz nights and knitting clubs running.

Pamela Wyatt, 85, who has lived in Sunrise Lodge for 23 years said: “I’m disabled so I don’t get out much.

“I cannot attend the meetings but not one has said anything to me about what’s going on.”

Havering Council’s interim deputy chief executive for children, adults and housing, Isobel Cattermole said: “We are committed to providing our older residents with a range of housing options, suited to their individual needs.

“The whole purpose of the review of sheltered housing is to fully understand our current position and look at ways in which it can be improved.

“We aim to transform our sheltered housing for our valued older residents.”

The council is looking to finalise its report in the summer when cabinet members will be presented with a series of proposals.

The council said it had liaised with resident representatives throughout the process and will launch a public consultation once plans are drawn up.

The closure of Royal Jubilee Court, Main Road, Romford, used for people leaving hospital but still requiring care, was outlined in Havering Council’s 2014 budget with home care packages cited as a preferable alternative.

No further closures have been announced.

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