Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Wednesday 6 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.
Charlbury 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 Charlbury Court scheme does have good facilities and is a popular scheme for people wanting to move into sheltered housing.
“We want to build on the existing community spirit here 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.
Suggestions for improvements can be made during the individual meetings, which are being scheduled.
Some suggestions were made during the meeting on Wednesday 6 July including:
- The need for improved lighting in corridors and near entrance doors
- Improving security at the external doors
- Ensuring the CCTV cameras can work on the digital system
- A review of parking provision, including how to deter non-residents from using the scheme’s parking area
- Pruning shrubs at the front of the scheme which are over-grown
- More regular servicing of washing machines
- Improved access to the laundry for people in the block furthest from that facility
- Providing more mobility scooter stores
- Improving access to the scheme for people in wheelchairs
- The need to replace windows at the scheme as they are now 25 years old
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.
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about the consultation please email Chelsea Potts.