Residents’ concern over plans to left age restriction on Sheffield estate

Residents who live in Painted Fabrics Accomodation in Meadowhead attend a meeting regarding plans to open their properties up to all age groups
Residents who live in Painted Fabrics Accomodation in Meadowhead attend a meeting regarding plans to open their properties up to all age groups
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Angry residents have started a petition against plans to lift the age restriction on their council homes.

People living in the Painted Fabrics accommodation at Meadowhead were shocked to receive letters from Sheffield Council about plans to change the over 60s limit on properties.

Residents launched a petition against the plans, fearing the changes could spoil their ‘beautiful and safe estate,’ and shared their views with council officials at a drop-in session.

Lynda Freeman, aged 69, of Little Norton Avenue, said: “We’re not happy about what they are trying to do.

“We don’t know who will be moving in.

“We know what has happened on other estates and having young people mixing with older people just doesn’t work.”

“It’s a beautiful little estate and everyone who lives here feels safe. Disabled people are especially worried.”

Sheffield Council stressed the proposals only relate to blocks which contain two bedroom flats on the Painted Fabrics estate.

It is hoped the plans will ease demand on these type of properties from families and younger people.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “The demand for council housing has changed over time and we need to make sure that the availability of homes reflects this.

“It’s really important to me that we do all we can to meet the rising demands for affordable housing in Sheffield.

“The biggest increase is from families and younger people and the welfare benefit changes, unemployment, rising private rents and house prices have all had an impact on this.

“I want to reassure residents at the Painted Fabrics estate that the proposed changes do not relate to the sheltered housing accommodation or blocks of flats with just one bedroom.

“We want to hear what residents think of the proposals so arranged the drop-in session to discuss them.”