Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Monday 25 July Housing Services Community Engagement Team Manager, Keith Brown, explained that following a review of housing for older people in Havering it was proposed to close seven existing sheltered housing schemes and redevelop the sites to provide new homes for local people.
The proposals are that two sites – Royal Jubilee Court in Romford and Serena, Solar and Sunrise in Hornchurch – may be developed as older person’s villages.
Garrick House sheltered housing scheme is not scheduled for closure.
Mr Brown said: “There is an over-provision of sheltered housing in Havering and we need to make sure we have housing that will meet the needs of our older residents for the next 30 years.
“Of the 800 sheltered housing units we have around 300 which are not fit for purpose as they are bedsit accommodation, are in schemes without lifts to all floors or without proper communal facilities.
“The Garrick House scheme does have good facilities and is a popular scheme for people wanting to move into sheltered housing.
“There is also a great community spirit here. For example, we know that your line dancing sessions attract people from across Havering to take part.
“We want to build on that by making the scheme a community hub, providing support for older people living nearby as well as for those living in the scheme.”
More information will be online here as it becomes available.
Investing in the future
For those schemes which are remaining open and becoming community hubs the aim is to invest in improvements.
Garrick House has already seen investment in dementia friendly colour coding of corridors and communal areas as well as using surplus land to provide bungalows on site.
Suggestions for improvements can be made during the individual meetings, which are being scheduled.
Some suggestions were made during the meeting on Monday 25 July including:
- The need for improved security on some parts of the site
- The need for improved refuse and recycling services
- More regular servicing of washing machines
If the proposals are approved the way scheme officers operate will be reviewed so they can spend part of their time working at one scheme and some time working with older people in the community.
The commitment that anyone wanting a daily visit form the scheme officer can have one will remain.
Monday 5 March 2018 10am to 11am t Garrick House Communal Lounge, Adelphi Crescent, Hornchurch, RM12 4LB.
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about the consultation please email Chelsea Potts.