Major sheltered housing petition submitted

A CALL to change the way Colchester’s sheltered housing complexes are operated has been rejected.

At a full council meeting, campaigner Andy Abbott handed in a petition signed by 2,369 people opposing the closure of Joyce Brooks House and Abbeygate House.

The last remaining residents of the former have agreed to move out following a year-long campaign, while the latter has been sold to become a home for retired Gurkha military veterans.

The petition also claims five more complexes are under threat and that a “privatisation by stealth” was planned.

Tina Bourne, councillor responsible for housing, responded by proposing a motion which insisted the proceeds from the sale of the two homes formed part of a £3.8 million upgrade of the borough’s other sheltered housing complexes.

The motion, agreeing to continue the authority’s sheltered housing plans, was not debated and was unanimously passed.

For the full story, see Monday's Gazette

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5:10pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Boris says...

For what it's worth, Tina Bourne's motion was not passed unanimously. It was actually passed nem con (nemine contradicente). The Tories all abstained. It was disappointing that of the few councillors who had supported the sheltered housing tenants, one had left the chamber and the others simply caved in to their respective party leaders and voted as instructed.
For what it's worth, Tina Bourne's motion was not passed unanimously. It was actually passed nem con (nemine contradicente). The Tories all abstained. It was disappointing that of the few councillors who had supported the sheltered housing tenants, one had left the chamber and the others simply caved in to their respective party leaders and voted as instructed. Boris
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6:11pm Sat 8 Dec 12

hughie-s says...

".... the proceeds from the sale of the two homes formed part of a £3.8 million upgrade of the borough’s other sheltered housing complexes. . "

Won't be much of an upgrade if , including overspend, half a dozen bus stops cost that amount.
".... the proceeds from the sale of the two homes formed part of a £3.8 million upgrade of the borough’s other sheltered housing complexes. . " Won't be much of an upgrade if , including overspend, half a dozen bus stops cost that amount. hughie-s
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8:35pm Sun 9 Dec 12

GreensteadResident says...

How long before the council sells off its housing stock, as the MOD did with all the army homes to a company like Annington Homes?
How long before the council sells off its housing stock, as the MOD did with all the army homes to a company like Annington Homes? GreensteadResident
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