Published on: 11/01/2017 10:59 AMReported by: roving-eye
Plans to build yet another HUGE care home in West Birkdale's Oxford Road
are being opposed by a local councillor. The site is the former spectacular
turreted 8 Oxford Road which was the gateway building to the West Birkdale
Conservation Area before it was left empty then burned down and was
demolished. But local Lib Dem Councillor does not expect the Council to
turn the proposal down, even though Southport does not appear to be meeting
the needs of its present elderly population properly. He says:
"Both Sefton Council and the government seem to be saying that what
Southport, and West Birkdale in particular, need is more and more
concentration of very elderly people with out-of-town shops."
" The people who will lose out on such development, of course, will be the
existing elderly population of Southport whose health and social services
are already severely stretched. I shall oppose this development but do not
expect the application to be overturned "
"The planning papers say that this development will adversely affect
neighbouring property but not so much as they'd require a change in the
"The proposal is for a par- five-story building. It seems that virtually
anything goes these days. You pack as much as you can in which gives
"The only comfort which I can see is that the ugly boarded site will at
last disappear and this building is not as ugly as some of the other care
homes which we have seen elsewhere so it will not detract too much from the
conservation zone. "
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Providing shiny new accommodation for the elderly population of Southport means that the elderly population of Southport will lose out? Or will there be a rule that only elderly people from outside Southport can live there? Do our elected representatives ever actually think through their press statements before releasing them?
More care facilities are needed, both in Southport and the country as a whole, given the number of care homes that have closed in the past couple of years and the social care issues that in the press at the moment. Isn't Councillor Dawson aware of these social care issues, of which a lack of care/residential accommodation is a key component?
Agreed more elderly care facilities are required, but I think you will find that places in these new build care homes will only be available for those who can pay privately and at a seriously high cost. Places will not be available for those requiring a place in a care home funded in part by the local authority, the lower priced care homes are the ones that are closing due in part to the lack of funding from the Government.
What a great development, Southport has so many low quality facilities that have reached the end of their life.
What has the Councillor got against older people living in a nice new place ?
Private fundings of places means people aren't draining the public sectors scarce funds and they should receive tax breaks for using their savings to pay.
The size makes it financially viable and yes profitable so more can be built.
"The people who will lose out on such development, of course, will be the existing elderly population of Southport whose health and social services are already severely stretched. I shall oppose this development but do not expect the application to be overturned "
When the home is for the elderly why will they lose out ?
Reducing the strain on the public purse should be applauded not derided.
Has Councillor Dawson not learn't from his other nearby cock up intervention Lancaster Road with his help abandoned and derelict.
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