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Dementia care unit could be approved
2:34pm Friday 4th January 2013 in News
A MAJOR dementia care unit could be set for Penketh if wrangles over parking problems are resolved.
A planning application for the specialist home on Station Road was heard at the Town Hall during a development management committee meeting on Thursday.
Resident Jane Bradbury spoke in favour, claiming that there is currently insufficient dementia care in the town.
She said: “As a family it’s very difficult when you look to put a loved one into care and you want the best for them.
“In Warrington we do not have enough facilities for care.
“One in three people will suffer dementia and we have not got enough facilities in our area.
“There is a severe need to provide this care, and the best possible.”
However, neighbours expressed concern that the new unit would cause traffic and parking problems on Station Road.
There would be 27 parking spaces for 83 staff if the home is built.
Residents have also object to the development because it will build on green belt land, while Clr Linda Dirir (Penketh LAB) and Warrington South MP David Mowat said the site is already ‘over developed’.
If approved, the existing care home at Three Elms will be developed in a £2.4m project by applicant Abbotsford Care Ltd.
It will provide 30 beds and create 40 jobs.
Councillors on the development management committee said that further discussions on parking should take place, before a decision is made.
The application will be considered once again during its next meeting on Thursday, January 24.