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Elderly told to leave sheltered homes in Norbiton

Elderly people in an area of south-west London are being told to move out of their sheltered homes as the council wants to build more affordable housing.

Residents of the Waters Square sheltered housing scheme in Norbiton said they did not want to go and are heartbroken at having to leave.

Kingston Council said it needs the land to build more homes for families.

It added half the units in Waters Square are empty and the residents will be helped to be re-housed.

One resident, Thelma Buddin, 77, has lived there for 14 years.

She said: "It's horrifying because you don't know where they are going to put you.

"I've made my home here and for no reason at all they want to knock it down. It's heart-breaking."

Kingston Council wants to turn the site into 23 flats and houses.

It said there are too many council-owned sheltered homes in the borough and Waters Square is rundown and in a poor condition.

The council said it regrets moving people against their will but it has no choice.

Councillor France Moseley said: "We are now allocating 50% of new lettings to families who are homeless.

"We are not heartless. It may seem like that but they will be given all the assistance they need in order to make it as trauma-free as possible."

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