Brian Gould from Richmond Green, Beddington North in Sutton refuses to be uprooted from his council bungalow to a flat in Cheam

The bungalow-dwelling Brian Gould

The bungalow-dwelling Brian Gould

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A fuming resident in council owned sheltered accommodation is refusing to leave his house until he is evicted.

75-year-old Brian Gould, who has lived in Richmond Green in Beddington North for 12 years, was one of 17 people told they would have to move from the area.

Six of the residents have been relocated to new flats in Elizabeth House in Park Lane, Cheam, with the rest being moved to other locations in the borough.

The council has been relocating the residents as they plan to demolish the existing site to make way for a housing development.

It also claims the Richmond Green bungalows are in poor condition, and it is in the interest of the residents there to be move to more appropriate accommodation. 

Mr Gould is now one of only two residents left at Richmond Green, with his neighbour set to move on soon.

Mr Gould said: "I will never swap this bungalow for a flat in Cheam, I will stay here until they evict me.

"I like living here and do not want to move.

"What the council has done here is awful and is causing really elderly people a lot of stress."

A council spokesperson said: "We have no plans to evict Mr Gould.

"Any redevelopment of the Richmond Green site is a long way down the line.

"We will just have to wait and see how the situation is resolved in the course of time."

The plans to relocate the elderly residents have proved controversial since they were first announced.

Members of the Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum felt the move would pile too much stress on the elderly people, who have become accustomed to their surroundings in Richmond Green.

However after being relocated many residents have said they are much happier in their Cheam-based flats.

Sarah Gwynn, vice chairman of the forum, said: "It is true the new sheltered accommodation is in much better condition, but I cannot see why the council could not wait until some of these people had passed away.

"Many of these people are very old, and the stress is too much for them." 

When the plans were unveiled Sutton Council told the residents they had to be moved because two surveys found the properties were structurally unsound.

The council measured the repair work would cost £1.7m.

Speaking at full council meeting in July last year Coun Jayne McCoy said: "A report in 2012 assessed the full extent of the defects. 17 were assessed as medium to severe, seven of them are severe.

"Far from trying to push people out, we want to provide good quality housing these people deserve."

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10:43pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Krissi says...

More like the site is prime development land I think- it's got a nice riverside location and they want to sell the land to add to their little nest egg which they won't spend on saving council services - or preventing cuts
More like the site is prime development land I think- it's got a nice riverside location and they want to sell the land to add to their little nest egg which they won't spend on saving council services - or preventing cuts Krissi
  • Score: 11

5:03pm Sat 2 Aug 14

theavengers says...

you don't own it so have no right to get angry. get a mortgage and pay your way, then get angry. so tired of those on gov housing throwing fits. he's been given another cheap/free place so get over it. live in the real world like those of us who rent privately or own.
you don't own it so have no right to get angry. get a mortgage and pay your way, then get angry. so tired of those on gov housing throwing fits. he's been given another cheap/free place so get over it. live in the real world like those of us who rent privately or own. theavengers
  • Score: 12

2:34pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Net_Taxpayer says...

theavengers wrote:
you don't own it so have no right to get angry. get a mortgage and pay your way, then get angry. so tired of those on gov housing throwing fits. he's been given another cheap/free place so get over it. live in the real world like those of us who rent privately or own.
Exactly, the Benefit Trash Entitlement Mentality.
If you own it then you can complain, now you can not, so just move and stop the delays which will cost the taxpayers even more. you are being offered an alternative which is more than enough.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: you don't own it so have no right to get angry. get a mortgage and pay your way, then get angry. so tired of those on gov housing throwing fits. he's been given another cheap/free place so get over it. live in the real world like those of us who rent privately or own.[/p][/quote]Exactly, the Benefit Trash Entitlement Mentality. If you own it then you can complain, now you can not, so just move and stop the delays which will cost the taxpayers even more. you are being offered an alternative which is more than enough. Net_Taxpayer
  • Score: 8

12:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Gerry1 says...

This is par for the course for Sutton Council they are doing this borough wide. Look at Benhill road area and St Andrews Road practically everywhere that there are small low rise bungalow OAP communities accommodation. They probably used the same reasons of condition of those properties claiming they didn't meet current standards or were structurally faulty, Well who were the Landlords that failed to repair or upgrade those properties more than likely Sutton Council or the Housing Associations who will partner Sutton on the redevelopment project. What would the cost of refurbishment be against that of a new development. I don't suppose anyone asked that question or if they did it more likely fell on selectively deaf ears.
The fact is this is prime land for development they can do a deal with the housing associations etc and get more people in per acre. Lets face it old age pensioners are an easy target just look at the amount of them that get mugged but you wouldn't expect it from your council though would you. Communities, well they are pretty low down on the list as far as priorities go. Just look what they have done with the sports grounds.They built on our Metropolitan Open Spaces and then sold off the sport grounds we did own to developers. Awful sneaky council. Thank heavens the lib dems are effectively finished as a main stream political party.
This is par for the course for Sutton Council they are doing this borough wide. Look at Benhill road area and St Andrews Road practically everywhere that there are small low rise bungalow OAP communities accommodation. They probably used the same reasons of condition of those properties claiming they didn't meet current standards or were structurally faulty, Well who were the Landlords that failed to repair or upgrade those properties more than likely Sutton Council or the Housing Associations who will partner Sutton on the redevelopment project. What would the cost of refurbishment be against that of a new development. I don't suppose anyone asked that question or if they did it more likely fell on selectively deaf ears. The fact is this is prime land for development they can do a deal with the housing associations etc and get more people in per acre. Lets face it old age pensioners are an easy target just look at the amount of them that get mugged but you wouldn't expect it from your council though would you. Communities, well they are pretty low down on the list as far as priorities go. Just look what they have done with the sports grounds.They built on our Metropolitan Open Spaces and then sold off the sport grounds we did own to developers. Awful sneaky council. Thank heavens the lib dems are effectively finished as a main stream political party. Gerry1
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