A 92-YEAR-OLD woman has been told she must leave the flat she loves.
Jennie Howe has lived in Tolson Grange, Dalton, for more than two years but now Bradford-based Anchor Housing plans to evict her and 10 other pensioners from their flats.
Although the company has not actually served eviction notices they told the residents last month they should aim to have found somewhere else to live before August.
But Mrs Howe and her neighbour Mary Cowdell, 82, do not want to leave. They think Anchor Housing is putting profit before people.
Mrs Howe's daughter Audrey Gaunt, of Edgerton, said even though the company had been sensitive about the way they had handled the news the decision was unfair.
"I am really disappointed that it seems my mother will not be able to stay," she said. "Before this happened we had no problems with the company, and the staff here are wonderful.
"We don't want to pick a fight we just think it is terribly unfair people like my mother might not be able to live independently any more.
"There are people who live in this building that maybe should be in residential care but my mother and her friend Mary clearly do not come into that category.
"They don't want to be told when to eat, where to sit and not even have their own front door - they do not need that level of care."
Tolson Grange is split into two sections - 14 sheltered flats and 24 residential beds.
The company has decided to close the flats because new legislation states they would have to employ separate managers for each section.
Mrs Howe said the reason she loved her flat in Dalton was she could be independent but there was the security of knowing she could get help if there was an emergency.
"I really like it here," said the former dressmaker.
"I was not expecting that I would have to move from here. I like it because it is quiet and I have a view over the garden. There is lots of wildlife, like birds and a squirrel, that I watch from this window."
Mrs Cowdell, originally from Lepton, has already taken steps to try to find somewhere new to live.
She said: "I am going for a trial at a residential home in Skelmanthorpe. I do not really want to but it does not look like I can stay here."
The family have tried to find alternative housing for Mrs Howe. So far they cannot find anywhere she can live independently and move in as soon as August.
"There is a bigger issue here," said Mrs Gaunt. "We do not have the provision to look after elderly people in this country.
"As the population gets older we will need more flats like these where people can live on their own but the care is there if needed."
Tony Tench, of Anchor Housing, said they had not yet served any eviction notices but they had to close the flats to secure the future of the rest of the home.
He said: "I would state that this decision was unavoidable, despite all our best efforts to sustain sheltered housing at Tolson Grange.
"The costs of running two very different services at this site has led to financial difficulties over a long period and we have reluctantly concluded that the financial burden is no longer sustainable."