FRUSTRATION is growing in a South Derbyshire village over the lack of progress of a new care scheme.
Repton’s former Dales care home is to be demolished, with up to 50 ‘extra care’ apartments set to be put in its place.
The plans have been in the pipeline for more than a year, but parish councillors in the village are becoming frustrated by the delay, with members concerned that the building, which closed last year, is becoming ‘derelict’.
The parish council was critical of the decision to close The Dales, in Fisher Close, which came about due to the opening of the new Oakland Village care facility seven miles away in Swadlincote.
They insist they were informed that work to demolish the building would have started by now.
Chris Jerram, vice-chairman of Repton Parish Council, said: “We were told last year that we should not be looking at a derelict building in 12 months time, and we’re nearly there and it has in fact become derelict.”
But it appears demolition may still be a way off after Derbyshire County Council said it was still working on designs for the extra care scheme, which would ‘potentially’ replace The Dales, and has still yet to be approved.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “The building is due for demolition and the site would potentially be used for the extra care scheme which is the proposed replacement.
“We at Derbyshire County Council are currently working with our partners to develop the designs for the extra care scheme.
“We have been working with South Derbyshire District Council on the initial plans for the scheme, but we will not be able to submit for planning approval until the review of the accommodation care and support strategy currently being undertaken by the new Labour administration at Derbyshire County Council is complete, and a viable business case is agreed for the Repton site.”