Elderly residents of The Glebe Sheltered Housing, which is at the top of Prentis Road in Streatham, SW16 face being evicted from their homes.
Lambeth Council is proposing to move the residents out of their homes in order to knock The Glebe down and redevelop it as an ‘Extra Care’ scheme ( http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9FB23E00-1C73-4FAF-B735-CAB451284E06/0/Summary.pdf ).
This is something that the residents of the Glebe are unanimously opposed to.
Under the Council’s proposals the 60 residents - some of whom are terminally ill - would be split up and placed in accommodation outside Streatham. Many have lived there for over a decade. One has been there since it was built 34 years ago.
The residents say they are very happy with the standard of the accommodation. Many have invested their own time and money in the maintenance of The Glebe. They say what they value above everything else is the community there, where they look after and support one other. They highlight that it is a well run scheme which enables the residents to have independence and privacy. It is close to local shops, transport and other amenities such as doctors, dentists and chemists which are all very important to them.
Many also point out that moving them to alternative accommodation at their stage in life, particularly given many of their health concerns, would also have very serious consequences.