Cottons Court and Fambridge Court
Older peoples’ housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Friday 5 August, 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.
Cottons Court and Fambridge 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 Cottons Court and Fambridge 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 Cottons Court and Fambridge 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 5 August including:
- Possibility of an electric gate for the car park to help drivers with disabilities
- Improvements to the gardens including removing brambles and other weeds
- Checking whether the first generation double glazing needs to be replaced
- Check the maintenance schedule for the lift to see if it needs replacing
- Investigate problems with water dripping from balconies on to the flats below
- Repair outdoor window sills which are beginning to rot on some flats
- Improve site security and CCTV coverage to deter fly-tipping
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
Future meeting dates to be announced.
Please can you help?
During the autumn residents from sheltered housing schemes which are closing will be visiting Cottons Court and Fambridge Court to see the facilities as they decide where they would like to move to.
If you are willing to let some of those visitors see inside your flat so they can get an idea of the accommodation that would be much appreciated.
Please let your scheme officer, or Chelsea Potts know if you are able to help in this way.