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OAPs fear homes will be bulldozed

PUBLISHED: 12:25 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

ELDERLY residents are worried their homes will be demolished and they will be forced to move to other boroughs. Some 47 residents living in sheltered accommodation in Hayes Place, Hayes, met with Broomleigh Housing Association to hear proposals which in

ELDERLY residents are worried their homes will be demolished and they will be forced to move to other boroughs.

Some 47 residents living in sheltered accommodation in Hayes Place, Hayes, met with Broomleigh Housing Association to hear proposals which include closing the scheme.

Housing bosses from Broomleigh claim the flats, most of which are bedsits, are losing money as the accommodation takes up to nine weeks because there is no lift and the rooms are small.

Great grandfather Tom Hunt, 95, said: "I had no plans to move and I don't want to. I like it here."

Neighbour John Webber, 61, of Bourne Vale, said: "I speak to the elderly people a lot and they are all telling me how worried they are.

"They say they don't know what is going on and some of them have said they have been told they will have to move to Lewisham. Some of them have been there for years and they don't want to leave their friends. It's a shame that they are knocking the place down as it hasn't been there that long."

Broomleigh staff insist they are only at the beginning of the consultation process but admitted getting rid of the accommodation is an option.

Director of Supported Housing for Broomleigh Housing Association, Julie Schoon, said: "We are currently in discussions with our residents and Bromley council over the long-term future of Hayes Place as it consists of mainly small bedsits and the upstairs units are often very difficult to let.

"While the discussions are at a very early stage we recognise this has caused some residents concern and would like to reassure them that we will be talking to them and their families frequently over the coming months."

At the time of going to press, a spokesperson for Bromley council was unavailable for comment.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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