WORK is due to start “imminently” on a new care home which has split opinion in the town.
The firm behind the facility, being built on the site of the former magistrate’s court on Waterstead Lane, say it is due to be completed early next year.
It is a joint venture between the Fisher Partnership and the Henson Healthcare Group, creating up to 60 local jobs.
There will be 47 bedrooms in the care home which will provide both residential and nursing care.
When the plans were first aired they were met with concerns from local residents worried about the impact extra traffic would have on already congested streets, loss of privacy and overlooking from the new building.
But others are keen to see the works get underway because of increased amounts of vandalism taking place around the old magistrate’s building which is becoming an eyesore.
Iain Murphy from architects Alston Murphy Associates told the Gazette: “We are in final negotiations with the contractor with a view to start work on site as soon as possible.
“There was a broad variation of views to the original plans – we have listened and made several changes to those plans.
“Many people told us they wanted a care home as opposed to housing and the care home will complement what is aready there.”