New £17m scheme to provide 92 flats for elderly people

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PLANS to demolish two blocks of flats for older people in Gosport and replace them with a care scheme have been met with a mixed reaction.

The proposed assisted living scheme at Alec Rose House and Slocum House, in The Anchorage, could cost Hampshire County Council between £14m and £17m.

If approved it would also see the defunct Addenbrooke care home developed, with 92 homes in the scheme in total.

Brian Francis, 82, has lived in Slocum House for seven years and is concerned.

He said: ‘I like my flat here, why make everybody move at this age? I know times change but I don’t think it’s fair.’

The county council wants to build the homes – under what it calls an extra care scheme – to add to the one at Juniper Court in Bridgemary.

People currently living in the blocks will be offered a right to move into the new facility and pay the same rate.

Addenbrooke would be developed first so residents in Slocum and Alex House could move there before the two blocks are demolished.

Gosport Borough Council runs the blocks and a report said maintaining them would cost about £440,000, with another £100,000 to £150,000 needed to refurbish them.

Mabel Poll, 94, of Slocum House, is looking forward to the new facilities.

‘It should be great because the alternative will be a home,’ she said.

She was surprised about the plans as she has already had to move out of a bungalow in St Vincent Road, Forton, to make way for council homes.

‘I’m really flabbergasted because I was here,’ she said.

A care team would cover the flats and each home – with one or two bedrooms – would have a separate front door.

The current Club Hampshire social facility would also be demolished under the plans – but community facilities would also be built.

Volunteer Toni Young said: ‘This place is used every day of the week – we certainly hope we’ve got a new place.’

Gosport council’s community board is due to discuss the plans at its community board on September 15.

It comes as Gosport’s over-75 population will be 8,300 by 2017.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, executive cabinet member for adult social care at the county council, said the development is good for elderly couples.

She said: ‘With extra care even if one of you needs care then both of you can stay.

‘We’re all going to get old – we better make sure that the care we give is good.’