Councillor issues warning over care home access as contract is given seal of approval

A STONEHAVEN councillor has issued a warning over the controversial access route to a £7.6million care “village”, saying he wouldn’t be surprised if someone died due to its circuitous nature.

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside councillor Mike Sullivan spoke out at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee on Tuesday, as members gave their backing to plans to spend £7,668,522 on a replacement to the ageing Edenholme Care Home.

Mr Sullivan said: “I suppose this is a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted but given that it is going to cost less than we had anticipated perhaps we could look at the access?

“I have very serious concerns about the speed at which an ambulance can get to the front door. A care home is built to care for sick people and sometimes they get sick and sometimes they get very sick. It is a jungle getting north of that site to the Slug Road. It is not a suitable access for the ambulance and if somebody dies as a result of an ambulance turning up late or getting lost, it will not surprise me.”

The committee voted 7-3 in favour of the development in November despite local concerns over the access route to the home, and had anticipated it would cost over £8million to build.

Stonehaven and District Community Council, along with residents, raised issues about the site access although they were generally supportive of the care home itself.

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside councillor Peter Bellarby said: “It is really good news that this care home is going to be constructed and I look forward to it opening. Although I had concerns about the access I accept that the area committee gave permission for it as it now stands.”

Councillor Carl Nelson said: “It really is good news and I think once it is up and built and open everybody will be delighted with it. I really welcome this, it is very good news but as for taking a look at the entrance again, we went over all that in great detail, we’re just going over old

ground here and I think we should push ahead with this and get it started as soon as possible.”

The School Road - development will feature a 60-bed care home, eight cottages and a car park with space for 46 cars and 10 bicycles.

The home will be separated into five 12-person households, with each having its own sitting room, dining room, quiet room and assisted bathroom. In addition, each resident will have a bedroom with en-suite facilities. There will also be a garden, a sun room and a guest suite available.

Eight semi-detached cottages will make up the “care village” concept, with occupants able to use the care home if neccesary.