Tranmere’s councillors, Jean Stapleton and Phil Davies, and Labour’s next
candidate for the ward, Paul Jobson, have launched a last ditch effort with
Frank Field MP to prevent One Vision Housing relocating a popular live-in
warden away from a housing scheme for the elderly.
Residents at Brooks
Court on Whetstone Lane are fearful of losing the close and frequent contact
they have with their warden, following a reorganisation that has been proposed
by the housing provider. The reorganisation would involve the warden having to
move elsewhere and their current property being rented to a new tenant.
Residents fear that this would result in them having to pay additional monies
for an out-of-hours contractor to be available, while only occasionally being
able to call on their warden.
Jean, Phil, and Frank
have raised residents’ concerns with One Vision Housing and will soon be
visiting Brooks Court to put together an opposing case.
Frank said: ‘The
proposal is causing considerable distress to the residents of Brooks Court. The
area surrounding the facility is always vulnerable to antisocial behaviour and
the presence of an on-site warden helps residents to feel that much safer and
more secure in their own home. If the warden were to live elsewhere, and only
call in occasionally, residents would feel very vulnerable. Above all, this is
a service that the residents pay for. It would be daylight robbery to move the
Jean commented: ‘The
residents are very upset and angry at the change of service proposed by One
Vision. The organisation needs to listen and act on their wishes.’
Phil added: ‘The
residents are up in arms about this proposal. They really value a warden who
lives on site. It gives them peace of mind to think that someone is available
at a moment’s notice to provide help. Residents feel that One Vision is only
doing this to make money and it is putting profit before the security of its
Paul said: ‘We are
determined to convey residents’ concerns to One Vision and to gain the outcome
they want: to keep their live-in warden who helps them feel safe and secure.’