Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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12.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence or declarations of interest. The start time of the meeting was put back by ten minutes to allow for Councillor Curran’s arrival, as he had been delayed through traffic disruption following an accident in the area.

13.

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2013 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2013 were confirmed as a true record with one amendment on page 2, paragraph 3 to the spelling of Councillor Sharma’s name.

14.

Matters arising from the minutes

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

15.

HRA Sheltered Housing Capital Projects (REG 141) pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Matter for decision.

 

Minutes:

See the report by the Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration - Agenda Item 4.

 

John Kennelly was introduced to the Committee as the Project Manager in the Housing team who was managing the sheltered housing project and would be the key contact going forward, taking over from Barbara Perry. Both officers were present for this meeting, together with Peter Matthew, Assistant Director, Housing, Leisure and Public Health. 

 

Mr Kennelly explained that the background to the project was the review of the strategy in September 2011 when it was agreed to provide new homes for older people and that bed sits in sheltered housing would be converted or removed as no longer suitable. The sheltered housing standard had been agreed in 2012 but not all properties met the standard. John Kennelly confirmed that the intention was that no sheltered housing tenant would be in a bedsit by the end of 2016.

 

The Cabinet had delegated decisions to the Affordable Housing Committee in respect of the programme. The table at page 7 of the report showed the position with the 9 sheltered housing schemes where the decision had been made that they were not fit for purpose. The comments column showed the present situation on each scheme.

 

The current decision made by members was to consider those units which were not fit for purpose case by case. Firm decisions had been taken on four schemes. The Everglades and Frogley House had now been fully decanted.   However, the process of making decisions case by case was prolonged and causing uncertainty for residents. So it was proposed to agree phased options for closure. The report showed 110 remaining tenants over the 9 schemes. This was now 105 as 5 had been decanted from Frogley House, so it could be some time before vacancies were secured. At 28 November, there were 28 voids but based on a pattern of around 12 vacancies per year it could take years to decant tenants if all the schemes were closed. So the authority could retain some of the schemes shorter term.

 

The Committee was now asked to agree phased decanting for all schemes. Where schemes were to be refurbished, tenants might be decanted and then return to the refurbished scheme. It was proposed to undertake an options appraisal for all the remaining schemes and consider options for all sizes of scheme. If there were any of the remaining schemes which were not fit for purpose and were vacant, it was proposed to use them for temporary accommodation, depending on the cost of conversion and how long they might be available.

 

For Loraine Road, there were only two tenants remaining and officers looked for a decision on the sale of the property and the short term use for temporary accommodation. It might be necessary to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) for the two remaining tenants.

 

Councillor Ellar asked about the possible impact on the remaining residents and whether they were in good health and able  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Urgent business

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.