Sheltered homes for the elderly are being demolished in Carlisle and Kenny Simpson is concerned, he says in this letter to the Editor of the News and Star ,Carlisle, published today. Kenny is Treasurer of Carlisle Tenants` and Residents` Federation which is equally concerned and is campaigning to support the vulnerable old people needing sheltered accommodation and to stop the vanishing sheltered homes:
WE SHOULD BE ALERT TO
WHAT RIVERSIDE IS UP TO
I find it very difficult to understand the very disturbing developments around
Carlisle sheltered homes for the elderly-or what is left of these homes.
I also find it very difficult to understand why city council and the county council members seem to be completely unconcerned about these disturbing developments.
For example, I have yet to hear a word about these developments during the current county council election campaign.
The disturbing developments follow the takeover of the city` former council houses ten years ago by the giant
Riverside organisation, one of the biggest housing associations in the country.
With these houses to
went other properties including something like seven sheltered homes in various parts of the city, built and run in a caring way by the council. Riverside
took over, some of these homes have been demolished. The latest to go is Riverside Arnside Court in Harraby where the site is to be developed to make it more financially profitable by becoming housing.
Every one of these demolitions has a human cost. Every demolition represents the uprooting of several elderly residents, many of which I know personally were moved under duress.
And the warden service for the homes has been repeatedly cut back over the years. That also represents a human cost involving many vulnerable people.
Last week (April 25) you reported that charges are now to be levied by
if the elderly and vulnerable people in these homes wish to retain what is left of the warden service. Riverside
appeared on the scene, sheltered housing has been decimated in the interests of profitable housing development Riverside
The inmates of these homes have now become Carlisle`s forgotten elderly. And finally, through these new charges, the screw is being applied to clear all residents from what remains of these homes and make
Carlisle sheltered housing a forgotten service
Where have the councillors been while all this is going on? One solitary Botcherby councillor is concerned about what is happening at one of the remaining homes,
Freshfield Court, in his ward.
Where do the other two Botcherby councillors stand?And where does Councillor Joe Hendry stand in his dual role as Leader of the city council and also a
Three other members of the council are
Riverside directors and another councillor is a full-time executive employee of . Another Riverside executive employee is standing for Labour in Thursday`s election. Riverside
Is all this Riverside involvement in the city council`s affairs a healthy state of affairs?
is now increasingly seen as a firm of property developers in process of carving up the city estates. Riverside
Information about the Federation and Carlisle South Community Association is contained in the first entry of this blog, published on March 25