William Tansley Smith House
Older peoples housing review explained
At a meeting with residents on Friday 15 July 2016 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.
William Tansley Smith House 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 William Tansley Smith House 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 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 Friday 15 July 2016 including:
- possible CCTV to cover external doors
- possible improvements to parking facilities
- possible replacement of the lift which is 30 years old and finding parts to keep it maintained is proving difficult
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 Dates
Friday 2 March 2018 12.30pm to 1.30pm at William Tansley Smith House Communal Lounge, Hacton Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6PE.
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about the consultation please email >Chelsea Potts.