Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Friday 29 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.
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 Cole Court scheme does have good facilities and is a popular scheme for people wanting to move into sheltered housing.”
Mr Stubbings added: “There is also a great community spirit here with the social club already welcoming local people from outside the scheme to its events, which include bingo, coffee mornings, dance evening and entertainment events. 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 Cole 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 Friday 29 July 2017 including:
- The need for the boundary fence to be repaired to make the gardens secure
- Extension of the CCTV system so it works on the digital network
- The front door not shutting properly
- A request for more patrols form the community wardens
- More frequent servicing of the washing machines and tumble dryers
- 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.
Next Meeting Date
Tuesday 6 March 2018 2.15pm to 3.15pm at Cole Court Communal Lounge, Dorking Road, Harold Hill, RM3 9YD.
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about the consultation please email Chelsea Potts