How the housing saga unfolded

Horsdonside in Wooler

Horsdonside in Wooler

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The impending closure of a sheltered housing unit has put an enormous strain on a Northumberland village’s ability to house frail pensioners.

Since the announcement that Horsdonside in Wooler would shut its doors, its elderly residents have been forced to look elsewhere for accommodation.

On Monday night, the parish council heard that a number had already moved out, but some had found themselves left to contend with homes which were not suited to their needs.

Chairman Alfreda Hindmarsh said: “There is nothing available for those in need of supported accommodation. The private care home at the Old Vicarage has no more space, not even for respite care.”

A bulletin has now been produced by the housing provision for the elderly steering group, set up in the wake of the announcement by Horsdonside’s management, Berwick Borough Housing, in April.

It calls for public input, from individuals and organisations, to help form a strategy to expand care provision in the next three-to-five years.

The group has already been working with Northumberland County Council and Berwick Borough Housing to address concerns raised by the closure plans.

Anyone wishing to comment can email the group at ggtadmin @wooler.org