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Sheltered housing residents given hope

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

Residents have been given new hope in their fight to save their sheltered housing scheme from closure.

Elderly residents at Beacon House independent living scheme in Upton were told about the closure plan by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) in June.

Families launched a petition and Facebook page in a bid to save Beacon House and last week residents met WDH chief executive Kevin Dodd to discuss the proposals.

Mr Dodd said: “After listening to tenants’ concerns we are considering the options which have been suggested to us.

“This could include using properties as accommodation for tenants from other independent living schemes while their homes are refurbished.

“However, this depends on enough tenants of those schemes choosing to move to Beacon House.

“We will be consulting with those tenants in the coming weeks, and I have offered to return to Beacon House to update tenants on the outcome of this.

“In the meantime, we continue to urge residents to speak to us individually about their concerns and preferences for alternative accommodation.”

Kath Till, whose 91-year-old mum, Rena Stancliffe, has lived at Beacon House for 28 years, said: “I would like to thank the local councillors for their continued support.

“I am pleased that there is a possibility the closure will be postponed but we will continue to fight to keep Beacon House open.”

 

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