Formal consultation begins on sheltered housing schemes

Monday, 13 November, 2017

Formal consultation is to get underway with residents of two sheltered housing schemes in Lawford and Walton over the possible closure of the sites.

The move was agreed by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet on Friday for both the Honeycroft and Spendells schemes.

The two sites have proved to be unpopular for several years due to their shared facilities and design and it is no longer economically viable for them to continue to be subsidised.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said that the ongoing and increasing revenue loss of rental income can no longer be sustained.

“We have been looking at both Honeycroft and Spendells for some time and we have been keeping the remaining residents informed of the situation at each step of the way,” he added.

“We are now going out to formal consultation as required and the outcome – along with more detailed costs of closure - will be reported back to Cabinet in due course for a final decision.”

A pot of £200,000 is being set aside to help residents through the whole process and officers have been asked to start preparing alternative accommodation for residents in the event that the decision to close is eventually taken.

The potential closure only involves the main building at Honeycroft – and not the bungalows which are 100 per cent occupied.

Council officers first met with residents last October to ask for their views and suggestions on the future of the schemes that were both built in the early 1960s and are very dated in design.

The consultation period will last for four weeks with a report back likely in the New Year.

Cllr Honeywood said that TDC has already met with Frinton and Walton Town Council over the Spendells site and it will be included in the consultation process so that they have a chance to respond.

Last updated on: 13/11/2017 - 10:27