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Withdrawal of warden leaves us ‘vulnerable’

Springfield Court, in Onchan, where residents want to see the return  of a full-time warden

Springfield Court, in Onchan, where residents want to see the return of a full-time warden

Onchan Commissioners is reviewing warden provision at its sheltered housing accommodation at Springfield Court and Heywood Court following a petition from residents.

A petition with 48 signatures was presented to commissioners following the retirement of a full-time warden at Springfield Court late last year, leaving only a part-time warden.

It states: ‘Although most of us are able to fend for ourselves any reduction will leave us more vulnerable and that can lead to accidents if people are feeling insecure.

‘When we hear of other facilities having different options it leaves us thinking, why not us?’

Onchan Commissioners chairman Rob Callister said the board sympathised with the residents concerns and was taking the petition seriously.

Members rejected a vote for a full-time warden to be employed straightaway.

Instead, it was agreed that a review would be carried out over the next six to eight weeks into staffing arrangements at both complexes as well as technology that could benefit residents.

Mr Callister insisted that systems were already in place to ensure that help would arrive quickly when needed.

For example, most residents wear an alarm around their neck or wrist that when activated puts them through to staff at the local authority.

The warden calls each resident every morning to check on them.

Springfield Court has 68 flats while Heywood Court has about 32. There is a full-time warden at Heywood Court.

 

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