Hexham MP Guy Opperman in crunch meeting on Blackett Court closure
Sep 20 2010 The Journal
TWO MPs are joining forces in a bid to persuade a sheltered housing group not to shut down homes and displace elderly residents.
Hexham MP Guy Opperman has been fighting to keep Blackett Court in Wylam, Northumberland, open in spite of Anchor Housing Association’s plans to close it and rehouse five remaining residents.
Now he will be joined by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is waging a similar battle to save the homes of 54 elderly residents in a sheltered housing complex in the Staffordshire town.
The two Conservative MPs are to meet Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft at the House of Commons on October 12 in a joint attempt to persuade the housing group to make a last-minute U-turn on their closure plans.
At Wylam, campaigners have fought a lengthy battle to stave off closure, with a 500-name village petition going to Anchor’s London HQ.