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Save St George's Court
Under the pretext of a public consultation Circle Homes-Russet Housing Association (CHR) have persuaded dozens of elderly and vulnerable residents to move from their homes in a close knit community within Warden assisted accomodation in Wrotham to locations across West Kent. The facts of this deeply flawed process include the following.
- Long before any decisions are taken on the future of the complex (CHR) have been individually 'interviewing' each resident and offering them an inducement of £4,700 to be rehoused. Vacancies at the complex were 8 units in December and 33 just two months later and more are leaving each week. All this through a period when the consultation documents states, "No decisions about the long-term future of the scheme can be made until a full and thorough consultation has taken place."
- No minutes of any of the consultations, meetings or interviews have been made available thereby preventing residents and stakeholders from determining the accuracy of CHR's conclusions. In addition assertions are made in the 'Russet review of options' with no published evidence base to support these claims.
- Residents who have been resisting moving were offered 'a car ride out'. The destination of the 'car ride' included a trip to alternative accomodation which could be available if they chose to leave.
- A relatively new resident has stated in the local press, "we are feeling bullied and coerced into leaving our homes and the elderly people living here are panicking." Ref: Sevenoaks Chronicle 1/5/2014.
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Wrotham is a historic village situated on the Pilgrims' Way in Kent, at the foot of the chalk escarpment of the North Downs and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a small rural community of 1800 parishioners located one mile north of Borough Green and approximately five miles east of Sevenoaks but still within, an hours drive from London. The village is blessed with several architecturally interesting and historic buildings including St George’s Church, the current building dating back to the 13th century.
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