Fight for elderly goes on

THE community in Wooler is continuing to fight for 25 elderly residents who are set to lose their homes.

At the end of last month, Berwick Borough Housing announced that Horsdonside sheltered housing complex is to close.

Members of Wooler Parish Council were due to meet Dawn Keightley, the operations director of Four Housing Group (Berwick Borough Housing’s parent company), last night.

At Monday night’s meeting of the council, chairman Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said: “People are still under the impression that they need to move out of Horsdonside, while we are looking at trying to possibly extend the life of Horsdonside.”

Parish and county Coun Anthony Murray said: “If we had been able to get a commitment of three years, there were benefactors in the community who would have been prepared to give them some financial help, but up to now we have not been able to get that.”

A steering group set up following the announcement is also looking at long-term solutions to the issue of housing for elderly people in Glendale.

Coun Murray said the idea is to develop something so that ‘some of those poor residents can feel once more part of a community’.