Cabinet agrees super care home plans

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Southend Council’s cabinet has agreed plans for a supersized care home in Westcliff-on-Sea.

The Basildon Canvey Southend Echo reports that the council is progressing with proposals to build a ‘fit for purpose’ social care campus, including a 60 bed dementia care home and learning disability centre on the site of the Priory House care home.

Lesley Salter, councillor responsible for adult social care, said: “I am very pleased that cabinet has agreed the strategic plan that enables this exciting and innovative project to progress.

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“Our preferred option now is to redevelop the Viking Learning Disability Day Centre and build a new 60 bed dual registered dementia care home all on the Priory site.

“These will both be high-specification, modern, and attractive new buildings, providing improved facilities for our local people.

“This project will not only protect and safeguard our most vulnerable members of the community into the future, it was also make us a real leader in the way care is delivered.

“As this project progresses to delivery, we will talk in detail with the families of those affected to ensure that any moves are handled sensitively and with minimal disruption.”

The scheme will be financed by the council under its local authority trading company, Southend Care.

A long-term commercial lease will be arranged for the running of the facility

The facility will replace Priory House, Delaware House, in Delaware Road, Shoebury and the Viking Learning Disability Day Centre, in Avro Road, Southend.

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