VULNERABLE pensioners at a Buckley complex say they are living in fear.
Residents are on edge and worried after a number of younger people were moved into Jubilee Court – a complex they thought was for senior citizens.
An open letter written by concerned elderly neighbours said there had been violent incidents since the changes and that residents have felt threatened.
It also said that until recently they felt safe and secure at the complex, but now there is an atmosphere of anxiety and worry.
The residents have called on Flintshire Council to take action on this serious issue, which they insist needs addressing.
Flintshire Council said it has received a specific complaint in relation to one tenant and that the housing team and the police have dealt with an incident.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “A lot of people are not happy. It has always been a lovely site.
“I know people are very uneasy now the younger element has been introduced.
“The police had to be called because of a fight last Thursday night and they were back again on Friday morning.
“People are frightened to say anything in fear of reprisals.
“One of my neighbours said she is scared to say anything in case her windows get smashed.
“My friend, who has worked as a nurse and a social worker and with the elderly told me to write a letter to the council.”
Police say this is an ongoing dispute between neighbours, which they are aware of and managing.
An 86-year-old woman, who has lived on the complex for more than 20 years, said residents are up in arms about the situation.
“We are not safe,” she said.
“It [putting younger residents into the complex] has been done behind our backs – it is wrong. The council should have consulted us.
“People are living in fear – these people might be eligible to live here, but not to make people’s lives a misery.”
Flintshire Council said it has a duty to provide housing for a wide range of people and in some instances it has let bungalows and sheltered flats to people under retirement age.
Clare Budden, head of housing, said: “Such decisions are always considered with a high degree of sensitivity balancing the needs of the applicants with those of existing tenants.
“The council has a duty to make the best use of its housing stock and where there has been specific need in individual circumstances such as a disability, the age limits have been relaxed to enable the council to meet its legal duties.”