De­men­tia care plan out of pro­por­tion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - LYNN HALL Ad­dress sup­plied NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED

sense to de­mol­ish what is al­ready there and re­build flats for lo­cal families, such as those re­cently com­pleted at Hayes End li­brary site.

This way, de­vel­op­ers need not feast their greedy eyes on green belt land. share travel ar­range­ments for the younger ones.

For the older kids, work­ing out how to use the dif­fer­ent buses adds to the fun. My daugh­ter has gone alone for the past two weeks and has made new friends and bumped into girls she has not seen in ages.

So a huge thank you to Hilling­don for this fan­tas­tic set of op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple to try some­thing new. THE Red and Yel­low Com­pany is hop­ing to build 400 flats and other build­ings on the Medi Parc in Hare­field.

Red and Yel­low es­ti­mates there would be 500 staff, and says this enor­mous de­men­tia nurs­ing devel­op­ment would be an ex­per­i­ment that has never been tried be­fore.

The site would con­tain a huge restau­rant, ‘ex­tra care’ build­ings and a net­work of roads.

The Medi Parc is 21 acres of green belt and so should not be built on. The coun­try lanes lead­ing to it are al­ready re­duced to sin­gle lane car­riage­ways by parked ve­hi­cles.

Red and Yel­low ac­knowl­edges that ac­cess to its pro­posed devel­op­ment would be a ma­jor prob­lem. In ad­di­tion, it has said that The King’s Arms round­about in the cen­tre of Hare­field is what it calls a ‘key con­cern’.

Only 1.2 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion has de­men­tia, so to bring into Hare­field 400 peo­ple with de­men­tia would be mas­sively out of pro­por­tion to the pop­u­la­tion of the vil­lage.

Red and Yel­low con­fesses to never having built even a small build­ing, let alone a mon­strous multi-block res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

It also says it has never run even a

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