Frail, 82 year old is last remaining resident of sheltered housing scheme set for demolition
A FRAIL 82-year-old woman continues to hold up development of dozens of affordable homes.
Roddons Housing Association admitted this week that more than a year after trying to decamp residents from The Dale at Elm, just the one elderly resident still lives there.
“There is one remaining resident and discussion/action continues to find alternative accommodation,” the association told Fenland Council during a state of the housing market debate.
Roddons reported on current plans and proposals to the council’s overview and scrutiny committee and noted that The Dale sheltered housing scheme was still causing them difficulties.
The housing association said they anticipate planning applications coming forward for 120 social houses at Napier Court, Wisbech (which has also closed) and The Dale.
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Roddons decided The Dale is not fit for purpose, is not suitable for refurbishment and must be demolished.
The Dale was once home to 20 residents but only eight remained once closure consultations began. Roddons said the nature of caring for the elderly is changing.
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“The Dale still has the one resident; the rest of the building has been decommissioned,” said the Roddons report.
“All metal has been removed and all other flats cleared and secured.
“Regular checks are made that the building is safe and secure.”
Christopher Smith, managing director for Roddons Housing Association, said last year that a sheltered housing review at Napier Court/Elizabeth Terrace and The Dale found that these homes were no longer suitable. It was impossible to improve them sufficiently given aspects of their location, design and layout to make them
A feasibility study of North Witchford Lodge, Wimblington, is ongoing. Roddons has recently block paved the front entrance area.