Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Wednesday 6 July 2017 Regeneration Programme Director, 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.
Cockabourne 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 Cockabourne 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 2017 including the need for external painting to be done at the scheme.
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.
Next Meeting Date
Friday 9 March 2018 2.45pm to 3.45pm at Cockabourne Court Communal Lounge, Archibald Road, Harold Wood, RM3 0RR.
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about the consultation please email Chelsea Potts