RESIDENTS living in a sheltered housing complex will stage a march through the centre of Bodmin next week to protest against possible cuts in warden services.
Due to Cornwall Council cuts, the company which runs Bederkesa Court – Cornwall Housing Ltd, which is owned by the authority – plans to change the current system from a single daily resident warden to a team of six on-call wardens.
Cornwall Housing Ltd, which first met with residents in October last year and outlined its proposals at a further meeting last month, also plans to open up communal areas such as the kitchen, lounge and gardens, allowing non-residents access to the facilities.
Taking a stand against the plans, next Friday residents and their families and friends will gather at Bederkesa Court on Robartes Road at 10am before marching to Mount Folly and back.
Pauline Flynn, whose 97-year-old mother lives on site, has issued a rallying call to the people of Bodmin and said Cornwall Housing must put people first - starting with their elderly residents.
“Bodmin has lost its Public Rooms, Athelstan House and Foster Hall at the hospital and it’s time for the town to stand up and be counted, just as they did against the road proposal, which showed that voices do make a difference,” Mrs Flynn said.
“We would like people to join and support us on Friday for the march and we also have petitions for people to sign showing their support.
“There will be people in wheelchairs so any able bodied people who would like to help would be greatly appreciated.”