Thomas Sims Court

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Older peoples’ housing review explained

​At a meeting with residents on Tuesday 19 July 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.

Thomas Sims 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 Thomas Sims Court 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 Tuesday 19 July including:

  • Improving the boundary fencing
  • Provision of toilet facilities for people with disabilities
  • Solving problems with the lift

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

Friday 2 March 2018 10am to 11am at Thomas Sims Court Communal Lounge, Wood Lane, Elm Park, RM12 5NN.

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