Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Thursday 28 July, Interim Director of Housing, Neil Stubbings, 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.
Bards Court sheltered housing scheme is not scheduled for closure.
Mr Stubbings 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 Bards Court 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 and we want to build on that by making this a community hub, providing support for older people living nearby as well as for those living in Bards Court.
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.
Suggestions for improvements can be made during the individual meetings, which are being scheduled.
Some suggestions were made during the meeting on Thursday 28 July including:
- The need for an automatic door to be fitted to the communal lounge as the current doors are heavy
- The need for more washing machines to meet the demand
- Pruning shrubs that are blocking light to some flats
- Pruning shrubs which are growing over footpaths and ramps in the garden
- Looking at mobility scooter sheds to see if they can be fitted with remote control locks as some are difficult for people to open if they have arthritis or similar condition
- An examination of how water charges are levied against individual properties
- The need to clear the down pipe between flats 10 and 12 as water overflows during heavy rainfall
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 from the scheme officer can have one will remain.
TTuesday 6 March 2018 10am to 11am at Bards Court Communal Lounge, Heaton Avenue, Harold Hill, RM3 7HU.