Old folk will have to move out of Sutton flats

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, with residents of Sherwood House in Sutton
Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, with residents of Sherwood House in Sutton
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Housing bosses have revealed that the elderly residents of a Sutton apartment complex will have to move out of their homes by Christmas.

Residents of Sherwood House, on Willowbridge Lane, were left distraught when Sanctuary Housing first told them they would have to leave their homes a couple of months ago.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has taken up their cause but at a meeting with company bosses and residents last week, Sanctuary said that it anticipates the old folk will have to move out by Christmas so the complex can be renovated.

However the long-term future of Sherwood House is still unclear, with no decision having been made on what will happen to the flats once the work has been done.

Gloria said: “They told us that no decision had been taken and that residents would be kept informed of any development every step of the way. I’ll keep them to their word.

“I’ve met some truly wonderful people through this campaign and I promise to stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

It is hoped that residents will only have to move out for six months while renovation works are carried out and will then be able to move back into their homes. Gloria has written to Ashfield District Council asking if the authority can provide interim accommodation for the residents.

Simon Clark, managing director of Sanctuary Housing Services, said: “We are still considering the options about the future of this scheme and have been discussing these with the residents, the local authority and most recently the MP. We know that it will require significant investment which due to the extent of the works needed, will require residents to relocate.

“The residents’ best interests remain at the centre of our approach and we are making sure we inform them, collectively and individually, of progress on a regular basis.”