Long campaign wins the battle to keep Lammas warden

Residents of Lammas Leas are celebrating after winning their four-year battle to retain their warden
Residents of Lammas Leas are celebrating after winning their four-year battle to retain their warden

RESIDENTS of a Market Rasen sheltered housing scheme are celebrating after winning a four-year battle to keep their warden.

Back in 2008, people living in Lammas Leas were told onsite wardens were to be replaced by a form of floating system.

This news was met with despair by the residents and caused a great deal of unrest with the wardens themselves.

But rather than just sitting back and accepting the loss of on-site wardens, residents and their relatives set up a committee to fight the decision.

Representations were made to residents at other schemes across the district and local clergy, doctors, concerned family members, local councillors and members of various support services all voiced their concerns against this proposal to dismantle a system which campaigners said had served communities well for nearly 40 years.

Doreen Overbury, who has lived in the complex for ten years spoke for all residents when she told the Mail: “Keeping our warden means everything to us.

“It would have been horrendous under the system they proposed – to have the warden here gives us all peace of mind and we couldn’t have a better warden than Eleanor Sanders.”

One of the main driving forces behind the campaign was Andrew Morrison, whose mother Marion lives at Lammas Leas.

“It has been a long campaign and we are very happy that there has been acceptance the wardens are central to the support of the elderly within the community,” said Andrew.

“On behalf of the campaigners, I would very much like to thank those members of the county and town councils who have supported our position, in particular Tony Turner, Burt Keimach, Mick Tinker, Ken Bridger and Graham Marsh, together with our MP Edward Leigh.

“I would also like to add a personal thank to Tony McGinty of Lincolnshire County Council who has, throughout this whole difficult process, maintained a fair and open dialogue in addition to acting with integrity and decency.

“Finally, a big thank you to all those within the community whose patience, hard work and commitment has never wavered during this last four years as they have battled for those within our community that we felt were being unjustly treated at a time in life when they are at their most vulnerable”.