Brighton and Hove does about-turn on sheltered housing closure plans

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Brighton and Hove City Council has decided not to close Woods House which provides sheltered housing in Hove. The future of Woods House had been in doubt after a report suggested the building did not meet sheltered housing standards, but the residents and local councillors persuaded the Council to keep it open. Neighbourhood services manager Helen Furlong said closure “seems an inappropriate option at this stage, although it is not feasible to provide a lift or convert the bedsits into one-bedroom flats.” Westbourne ward Tory councillor Brian Oxley, who had championed the residents¹ campaign to keep the sheltered housing scheme going, said the the cancelled closure was a victory for the residents of Woods House and the warden who have lobbied to keep it open. “It was knowing the strength of feeling of the residents that helped me in making very strong representations that the scheme should be retained,” Cr Oxley said. “It is extremely popular and also draws in residents from other nearby roads. “The social a

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