‘Human face’ is still in the plan for housing

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Residents in South Holland’s sheltered housing who fear a future without wardens now have official confirmation nothing will change until next year.

District councillors met last week and agreed to consult on a new in-house Intensive Housing Management Service, which will be introduced on April 1.

This could include residents “seeing a human face at least a couple of time a week” as well as an electronic monitoring system.

Last month South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes – and anxious residents who described the wardens as their “lifeline” – met an official from Lincolnshire County Council, which funds the current Supporting People service.

Concerns were also echoed earlier this month when gangs of teenage youths left an elderly community in sheltered housing in Spalding living in fear, after numerous incidents where stones and fruit were thrown at them and property damaged.

Resident Ian Fowler (70) said: “All of the residents here are worrying about being left without a warden.

“We are told the electronic monitoring/phone is being upgraded, but you could have a heart attack and die or your house burn down before anyone could get to you.”

However, district council leader Gary Porter said: “We would like to reassure elderly residents in sheltered housing that we are carrying on with the existing arrangement until April next year.

“The electronic monitoring system will be brought in, but we will be looking to provide a supplementary service that will mean elderly residents seeing a human face at least a couple of days a week.”