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No security changes at former elderly care home

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs have revealed that calls for security lighting at a disused care facility have been turned down.

Officers from Derbyshire County Council told Repton Parish Council they felt the move would act as more of a ‘magnet rather than a deterrent’ at the former Dales care home, in Fisher Close, Repton.

Pleas were made by the parish council and Councillor Martyn Ford, who represents the area on the county council, for changes at the site after fears began to rise over its security.

A parish council spokesman said: “Derbyshire County Council said that it considered it counter-productive to put external lights on a vacant building, as they might act as a magnet rather than a deterrent.

“CCTV cameras are already installed inside the building and are linked to a security firm, and external cameras are not thought to add anything.

“However, it has been agreed that keeping the garden maintained through growing season would help to avoid the building looking and becoming vacant or derelict.”

It comes after it was revealed that members of the parish council had learned, through discussions with the county council, that the former care facility would see no redevelopment until April next year at the earliest.

Council chiefs are still in the process of drawing up a ‘viable business case’ for the site, and that work was still ‘ongoing’.

The Dales is to be demolished, with up to 50 ‘extra care’ apartments set to replace it.

The plans have been in the pipeline for more than a year, but people in Repton are frustrated by the delay, after the home closed in 2012.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “We have written to the county council expressing dismay and disappointment with the lack of progress to redevelop The Dales.

The parish council was critical of the decision to close The Dales, which came about due to the opening of the new Oakland Village care facility in Swadlincote.

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