Residents of Streatfeild House, which is due to be demolished and rebuilt, will be dealt with “extremely sensitively”, a senior Wealden councillor has promised.
Claire Dowling, who represents Uckfield Central, said the council’s Cabinet had looked at various options and had decided on a rebuild of the property which, she said, was “looking tired”.
“There is a lot of work which needs to be done in the ways of windows, kitchens and in the next ten to 15 years we are looking at roofing,” she told a meeting of Uckfield Town Council.
The Cabinet had said it wanted the new Streatfeild House to be of the same quality as the Grants Hill House rebuild, which is coming towards an end.
“That is going to be a top-of-the-range place, extremely good retirement living and that’s due for completion in the spring, Cllr Dowling said.
“It is very good news for Uckfield.”
Town councillor Mick Dean spoke of concerns of residents in the present Streatfeild House.
He said: “They are frightened. People are worried that they are going to drag it down and they will have to go to Grants Hill House which is obviously further out of town.
“People are genuinely worried about whether they are going to be there or moved.”
Cllr Dowling, who is the Cabinet member for public health and community safety at Wealden District Council, said she was aware of the concerns.
She said there were people living in Streatfeild House who had decamped from Grants Hill House – which is in Oaklea Way – when it was prepared for demolition and rebuild.
“The housing officers are absolutely brilliant.,” she said, pointing out how residents had been treated at Grants Hill House.
“At the moment it is a bid.
“If that bid is successful then the housing officers will be talking to the residents.
“I saw how they worked at Grants Hill. They did that extremely sensitively on a one-to-one basis.
“Everybody starts off slightly unsure and slightly scared as well. I can understand that, it’s your home.
“I have seen how they tackled it before and I am sure it will be tackled in exactly the same way.”
• Town councillor Donna French pointed out that Streatfeild House was 40 years old and not 50 as was stated in the Wealden DC reports.