Pensioners in talks to save wardens

TALKS TOMORROW: Worried sheltered housing residents Geraldine Whitmore, Olive and Gordon Arnold, Michael Smith and Ida Kind. SG030913-445NG
TALKS TOMORROW: Worried sheltered housing residents Geraldine Whitmore, Olive and Gordon Arnold, Michael Smith and Ida Kind. SG030913-445NG
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Pensioners will join MP John Hayes tomorrow in a bid to save their “lifeline” from the axe – wardens who look after South Holland’s sheltered housing residents.

Michael Smith, Geraldine Whitmore and the South Holland and The Deepings MP are meeting the county council’s assistant director of public health, Tony McGinty, to plead for the wardens to be kept.

Disabled Mr Smith (73), from Cedar Court, Spalding, says the service is due to be scrapped at the end of October and all residents have been told is they may be replaced by some kind of electronic/telephone alert system, which nobody wants.

Residents also fear the contract could be put out to tender, but they want to keep the district council wardens rather than deal with strangers.

Mr Smith, who met district council leader Gary Porter this week, said the district council is just as much in the dark.

He said: “Nobody will tell us what the alternative is, what the next scheme is.

“Most residents are vulnerable, particularly the people in their 80s and 90s, and the wardens are their only connection with the outside world. The wardens are our lifeline.”

Coun Porter said: “We are in conversations with the county but as yet they have got nothing formally to put forward to our members. This has been going on for three and a bit years and we have extended the original contract five times now.”