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Residents ‘will continue fight’

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 are continuing their fight to save their sheltered housing scheme in Upton from closure.

Twenty residents at Beacon House were given the closure news by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) last month.

Despite their families launching a petition, Facebook page and calls from councillors for spare flats in the development to be advertised, residents say WDH, is still planning to close the independent living scheme.

Upton and Ackworth Coun Jean Askew, who is backing the resident, recently met WDH’s chief executive, Kevin Dodd.

Coun Askew said: “WDH is planning to knock down the building and replace it with 20 bungalows if planning permission is granted.

“Any present resident of Beacon House will then have the choice of one of the bungalows, once completed.

“I explained to Mr Dodd that, although we are in need of more bungalows in our area, I feel in this instance it would take away the residents’ feeling of safety and may create isolation.

“My colleagues and I will continue to do all we can to find a solution to this worrying situation.”

Kath Till, whose 91-year-old mum, Rena Stancliffe has lived at Beacon House for 28 years, said: “We do not want Beacon House to be closed. We are continuing to fight against these plans.”

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said he is committed to supporting residents in opposing the closure.

Mr Dodd is meeting Beacon House residents today (Thursday) to discuss the closure.

WDH refused to comment until after the meeting.

 

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