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Fresh hope in fight for home

Defiant residents and members of Beacon House independant living scheme in Upton are angry at the announcement by Wakefield District Housing (WDH) that the scheme will close, as well as Chiltern Court in Ackworth.
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Defiant residents and members of Beacon House independant living scheme in Upton are angry at the announcement by Wakefield District Housing (WDH) that the scheme will close, as well as Chiltern Court in Ackworth. h309a423

Elderly residents have been given new hope in their bid to save their independent living scheme from the axe.

Residents at Beacon House in Upton were given the closure news by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) in June after WDH decided there was low demand for the scheme and it would be uneconomical to refurbish.

But this week residents received a letter from WDH confirming it is considering using Beacon House’s spare rooms as temporary accommodation for tenants from other independent living schemes which are being refurbished.

Kath Till, whose 91-year-old mum, Rena Stancliffe, has lived at Beacon House for 28 years, said: “I am pleased that WDH is taking our suggestions on board. Any decision which will delay the closure is welcomed However we will continue to fight to save Beacon House.”

“I would like to thank Jon Trickett, Jean Askew, Alan Garbutt and all the local councillors for their continued support.”

Residents met Mr Trickett yesterday to discuss the proposals. He said: “I understand that following a recent meeting with residents, WDH is now considering postponing any closure of Beacon House on the basis that it could be used as transit property whilst other schemes are being refurbished.”

“The residents want to see Beacon House remain open in the long term and I will continue to support them.”

Relatives have launched a petition and Facebook page in a bid to save Beacon House from closure.

 

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