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Plea for work to put end to a ‘decaying eyesore’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

31/07/13 GV of the former The Dales care home - Fisher Close, Repton
GV of the former The Dales care home in Repton

31/07/13 GV of the former The Dales care home - Fisher Close, Repton GV of the former The Dales care home in Repton

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PARISH council chiefs have said that a former care home is being left to become a ‘decaying eyesore’ while a decision being made regarding its future.

Repton Parish Council has continued to vent its fury over the lack of progress concerning the future of the former Dales care home in Repton.

Members of the council and residents are worried that site, in Fisher Close, could become a target for vandalism and antisocial behaviour if a plan is not outlined for its future use soon.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “We have again been advised that no progress will be made regarding the development of this site until a viable business case can be made for a new care facility in Repton.

“Despite assurances to the contrary last year by representatives from Derbyshire County Council, we have now been left with a decaying eyesore that could become a target for vandalism and other antisocial behaviour during the coming months.

“The parish council, yet again, believes it has been given false assurance sover its futures.”

The 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 people in the village are frustrated by the delay, after the home closed in 2012.

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.

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 the council is complete, and a viable business case is agreed for the Repton site.”

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