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We shall not be moved'

PUBLISHED: 11:47 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

BULLIED’: Adrian Peak in the courtyard at Heron Crescent.

BULLIED': Adrian Peak in the courtyard at Heron Crescent.

ELDERLY residents claim housing association bosses are intimidating and bullying them to make them leave their sheltered homes.

ELDERLY residents claim housing association bosses are intimidating and bullying them to make them leave their sheltered homes.

Only eight residents remain in a block of 24 flats in Heron Crescent, Sidcup, after London and Quadrant (L&Q) bosses announced plans to demolish them to build more flats.

The remaining residents say they are staying put despite housing bosses 'covert' attempts to get them to leave.

Great-grandmother Norma Tobin, 82, said: "I am not moving out. I have been here for 18 years and they tell us we haven't got to move but then they always come up with something.

"We want a rest. Some people aren't strong enough to ignore them and stand their ground so they have moved out.

"If everybody had cometogether and stood their ground maybe they would have stayed but they just get worn down."

Resident of five years Adrian Peak, 64, whose neighbour is soon moving to Frank Godley Court in Sidcup, refuses to go to anymore residents' meeting as the management keep 'pecking' at him to move.

The diabetic grandfather said: "They are just waiting for the old ones to die off now.

"They tried to get me to move over the road but it is not the same.

"They don't have a courtyard like this. They just see this as wasted space and want to cram it with flats. One by one they have persuaded people to go. It is not going to be pleasant. It is bullying.

"I thought I was here for the rest of my life."

L&Q's Neighbourhood Director Tom Bremner said: "I can reassure all the residents at Heron Crescent that no one will be forced to move from their home.

"Whilst we have made it clear that redevelopment is being considered in the long-term on one side of the scheme our promise remains: those wishing to stay in their homes can and those wishing to move will be helped by L&Q and Bexley council to find a new home of their choice.

"I have personally written to all of the residents some months ago confirming this."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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