Pensioners fear they will be evicted

PUBLISHED: 11:01 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 25 August 2010

SIX pensioners who are fighting plans to evict them claim there are being pressured by the landlord to move out.

SIX pensioners who are fighting plans to evict them claim there are being pressured by the landlord to move out.

Residents in Heron Court, Sidcup, are determined to fight the 'modernisation plans' by London and Quadrant (L&Q).

They are the remaining few residents, scattered amongst 23 units on the facility that are ready to be sold for private accommodation.

Norma Tobin, 82, a resident for 19 years, said: "They upset me. I couldn't sleep. The stress hangs over me now because you don't know what they are going to come up with next.

"They are waiting for us to die. If they can't get us one way they will get us with damp. But why should I go? I have a lovely view, we all get on well with each other, there's no trouble.

"If I have to move out it will be the end of me."

Following years of meetings a petition with over 500 signatures was also handed in at the House of Commons in December 2009.

In January this year Bexley Pensioners Forum held an emergency motion to pledge their support and fight to keep the current sheltered housing allocation.

Jim Banham said the empty flats they are surrounded by are habitable. He said: "They don't give two hoots about the residents, it's all about the money."

Bosses at L&Q plan to close half of Heron Court to modernise the other half and build five extra flats.

A spokesperson for L&Q said: "Heron Crescent is not being closed and no resident will be forced to move from their home."

He added: "Our long-term proposal is to bring all of the homes to one side of the road so that all the residents and facilities can be in one place.

"L&Q has met with residents and their families on a number of occasions to discuss our initial proposals and make it clear that if residents don't wish to move they will not have to.

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