THE leader of Portsmouth City Council believes the site of a potential new residential and care home should be near medical facilities.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson said residents would be able to get direct access to care if the proposed new building was on disused land next to St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton.
As previously reported in The News, the council is looking to replace existing care homes in the city with one huge facility that includes beds for elderly and disabled people as well as physiotherapy and day care patients.
The council is also looking at a field used by horses near to East Lodge Recreation Ground, Farlington, as a potential site.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The land next to St James’ Hospital would be the better option because it means residents and patients can get immediate access to care.
‘I am not in favour of the other site.
‘But I have been told by the council it is looking to pump investment into the north of the city.’
On Saturday, October 20 residents got the chance to have their say about the plans at St Andrew’s Church, Farlington.