Angus sheltered housing residents to petition and protest in bid to save wardens

Sheltered housing residents protesting outside the Town and County Hall in October.

Sheltered housing residents protesting outside the Town and County Hall in October.

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In a fight to save their wardens, sheltered housing residents across the county will be petitioning Angus Council and protesting outside the next full council meeting.

Some tenants from across the burghs held a meeting at Inglis Court in Edzell.

This comes after a consultation period between the council and sheltered housing residents as the local authority seeks to implement the Self Directed Support government initiate. This has left some tenants fearing they may lose their warden service.

At the meeting, it was decided that residents would submit a petition to the council and also protest outside Town and County Hall in Forfar at the next full meeting on December 10.

This will be the second protest sheltered housing residents have conducted as they held a demonstration outside the council chambers in October.

One resident told us: “We need the wardens here, we trust them.”

Another said: “We want to say no to losing our wardens, community lounges, laundry services and guest rooms.”

Ted Smith, of Blackfriar’s Court, Montrose, said: “I think there needs to be a public consultation as more people will be coming to sheltered housing in the future.”

Councillor Bob Myles was also present. He said: “I will make sure that sheltered housing is on the agenda for the meeting.”

Petitions have been circulating throughout the burghs with around 600 signatures already collected. The tenants told us that people can still sign the petitions and there is a plan for there to be one in every burgh. The petitions will be combined and submitted before the meeting on December 10.

The tenants will meet again the week before the full council meeting.

Residents at Caledonian Court in Montrose have been in touch with Care Commission about their fears of losing their wardens.

The Care Commission will be sending out an officer to them soon.

A council spokesperson said: “More than 60 per cent of our sheltered housing tenants responded to the survey and 482 tenants and family members attended the consultation events which took place at each complex. This important consultation with residents will help us assess what it is people want and need from their housing service to ensure it is fit for purpose in the future. The feedback is now being reviewed and a report will be considered by the council in the coming months.”