Liberal Democrats force review to support residents in sheltered housing

Local Liberal Democrats have forced a review of the Labour administration’s decision to plough ahead with plans which threaten tenants’ long-term security in Haringey Council supported housing. Liberal Democrats are demanding that the decision is changed in order to put the views of residents first.

On 17 November 2009 the Labour cabinet rubber-stamped proposals to review supported housing at Campbell Court, Larkspur Close, Stokely Court and Protheroe House despite a huge outcry from local tenants’ and residents’ associations.

A special meeting of Haringey Council’s ‘watchdog’ committee will now be held on 9 December 2009 following intervention by Liberal Democrats and will discuss concerns over inadequate consultation of residents, the reason why the four identified sheltered housing blocks have been targeted above others and whether the decision goes against Council priorities.

Liberal Democrats are calling for no changes to the status of any sheltered housing schemes until the Older Person’s Housing Strategy is completed in December 2010, that any money earmarked for sheltered housing, under the Decent Homes programme, should be ring fenced and any decision should only be made in the best interests of the residents currently living in the sheltered housing schemes.

Cllr Robert Gorrie comments:

“It was clear from the Cabinet meeting that the way in which Haringey Council is running roughshod over the views of residents currently living in Stokely Court, Campbell Court, Larkspur Close and Protheroe House is not right.

“We have listened to residents living in these blocks and have decided that Haringey Council needs to reconsider its decision.

“Haringey Council has failed to consult with residents adequately and consistently, they have failed to provide any meaningful alternative for residents living in the sheltered housing and failed to put residents first in this decision.”

Lynne Featherstone MP adds:

“Haringey Council should be listening to residents in sheltered housing not giving them the extra worry of uncertainty over the future of their homes.”