Plans to turn Oakleigh care home in Sutton into homeless accomodation met with anger

Plans to turn Oakleigh care home in Sutton into homeless accomodation met with anger

Plans to turn Oakleigh care home in Sutton into homeless accomodation met with anger

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Two emergency meetings last week gave residents their say on proposals to turn a former care home into a homeless shelter.

Sutton Council had attempted to "sneak" through plans to turn Oakleigh Care Home into accommodation for homeless families at a meeting last month.

However, when residents of the Benhill Estate got wind of the plans the day before the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting on October 15, they rallied round and made it clear they were not happy about the lack of consultation.

The leader of Sutton Council, Councillor Ruth Dombey, wrote to residents of the central Sutton estate hours before proposals were to be discussed and apologised for not speaking to them first.

The plans were pulled off the agenda for the meeting, and last week was residents' first opportunity to make their opinions heard.

Paul Nathan, former secretary of the Benhill Residents Association, said the council have been caught out by the strength of feeling.

He said: "The council tried to sneak this through without asking us about it, and after these meetings it's quite clear it's only the council who support these plans, nobody else."

Mr Nathan said the start of the first meeting at Manor Park School had to be delayed as there were so many people trying to get into the building.

The teaching assistant said: "There were 35 elderly residents who lived in Oakleigh when it was a care home, and now the council wants to put 139 people in there with various problems.

We have worked hard over the recent years to improve the reputation of the is area, this will cause massive disruption. We don't blame the people the council are putting in there, we just don't think the area can cope with the influx of people with various needs."

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chairwoman of the housing, economy and business committee said: "Council officers met with residents over the last two weeks to explain the proposals directly to them and hear and understand their concerns. At this stage nothing has been agreed, nor set in stone. We want to involve all members of the community as we shape the proposals, reflecting their views in the final report that goes to committee in December.

"It’s important to remember that at the heart of the proposal is the wellbeing of a number of vulnerable families – including those with young children. In their time of extreme need we want to provide temporary accommodation and a level of stability with school placements, health and social support links that they would otherwise not have. Other boroughs are being criticised for placing families out of their area, whilst here we are working very hard to stop the need to do that.”

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2:57pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Should never have been closed as a care home.
Should never have been closed as a care home. Michael Pantlin
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5:07pm Thu 22 Nov 12

LiberalsOut says...

You just could not make up some of the ideas this Council comes up with.
So they throw 35 residents out of their homes and so they can put 135 "vulnerable people" in their place - 4 to a room built for one person?
This is not the right area for this sort of "project" that is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close.
You just could not make up some of the ideas this Council comes up with. So they throw 35 residents out of their homes and so they can put 135 "vulnerable people" in their place - 4 to a room built for one person? This is not the right area for this sort of "project" that is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close. LiberalsOut
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6:53pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Binsanity says...

LiberalsOut says... absolute crap.
Get it right, 35 residents are rehoused not thrown out, making way for accommodation for 135 people in need. Then you say "This sort of "project" is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close". You need to get off your horse and out of your mansion, making a comment like that. So in your weird mind the above mentioned estates are or should shoulder the responsibilty of care in the borough. You utter dip.
LiberalsOut says... absolute crap. Get it right, 35 residents are rehoused not thrown out, making way for accommodation for 135 people in need. Then you say "This sort of "project" is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close". You need to get off your horse and out of your mansion, making a comment like that. So in your weird mind the above mentioned estates are or should shoulder the responsibilty of care in the borough. You utter dip. Binsanity
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7:01pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Giles C says...

The Lib Dems only care about their ideology..they pay lip service to localism as evidenced by the way they turn down schemes for example to help the motorist even though residents want a certain scheme.
Dombey and her storm troopers will not let anybody stand in her way....
A bit arrogant really.
The Lib Dems only care about their ideology..they pay lip service to localism as evidenced by the way they turn down schemes for example to help the motorist even though residents want a certain scheme. Dombey and her storm troopers will not let anybody stand in her way.... A bit arrogant really. Giles C
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9:57pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Binsanity wrote:
LiberalsOut says... absolute crap.
Get it right, 35 residents are rehoused not thrown out, making way for accommodation for 135 people in need. Then you say "This sort of "project" is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close". You need to get off your horse and out of your mansion, making a comment like that. So in your weird mind the above mentioned estates are or should shoulder the responsibilty of care in the borough. You utter dip.
I don't agree with LiberalsOut's last sentence but there is more than one person on their high horse in these postings. Why not just state your view and let other people have theirs?
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: LiberalsOut says... absolute crap. Get it right, 35 residents are rehoused not thrown out, making way for accommodation for 135 people in need. Then you say "This sort of "project" is more suited to Roundshaw or Durand Close". You need to get off your horse and out of your mansion, making a comment like that. So in your weird mind the above mentioned estates are or should shoulder the responsibilty of care in the borough. You utter dip.[/p][/quote]I don't agree with LiberalsOut's last sentence but there is more than one person on their high horse in these postings. Why not just state your view and let other people have theirs? Michael Pantlin
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12:14pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Marie from Sutton says...

Poor Communication from Sutton Council is what brought ire upon itself from the local community.
In fact, trying to relocate its residents back to the borough is commendable and fair; it is just that the message did not get through as it should have.
Also, instead of 40 bedsits, why not turn this building into proper flats to avoid overcrowding and unstability. 10 or so flats to permanently rehouse the homeless would be the sensible things to do and would probably be welcomed by the locals.
Who is the Head of Communications at Sutton Council?
Poor Communication from Sutton Council is what brought ire upon itself from the local community. In fact, trying to relocate its residents back to the borough is commendable and fair; it is just that the message did not get through as it should have. Also, instead of 40 bedsits, why not turn this building into proper flats to avoid overcrowding and unstability. 10 or so flats to permanently rehouse the homeless would be the sensible things to do and would probably be welcomed by the locals. Who is the Head of Communications at Sutton Council? Marie from Sutton
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1:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

LiberalsOut says...

Binsanity - for your info I do not have a horse or a mansion, and I have no problems with my mind - perhaps you have a more in depth knowledge than me of what a "dip" is?
You should ask yourself why there are 135 people in need and when you find the answer perhaps you will be able to comment from a position of knowledge?
Binsanity - for your info I do not have a horse or a mansion, and I have no problems with my mind - perhaps you have a more in depth knowledge than me of what a "dip" is? You should ask yourself why there are 135 people in need and when you find the answer perhaps you will be able to comment from a position of knowledge? LiberalsOut
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