Monday, April 14, 2008

Battle for warden at North East Court

Plans by the Railway Housing Association, owners of North Eastern Court at the bottom of Dunston Bank, to withdraw the warden service have sparked concern amongst residents living in the accommodation.

Many of the residents at North Eastern Court had moved there because of the warden service which affords them the support which they need for every day living.

Many have now approached local Councillor, Peter Maughan, who has taken up their case. But despite pressure, the Housing Association have indictated they are not prepared to meet residents whilst Councillor Maughan is present.

"The latest information I have is that at best, the Housing Association may keep on a much more restricted warden service than is currently available but a final decision is yet to be made.

"In the meantime, I have asked the Gateshead Council Cabinet Member who is the champion for older people to become involved. He has agreed to that and will if necessary help in further negotiations should these be necessary.

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