Care home in ques­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Ian Proc­tor and Zoe Drewett ian.proc­tor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CAM­PAIGN­ERS will hope they have per­suaded Hilling­don Coun­cil to stop a house be­com­ing a care home.

Pe­ti­tion­ers wanted the cen­tral and south plan­ning com­mit­tee, due to meet yes­ter­day (Tues­day), to re­ject a pro­posal for a five-bed­room mid-ter­race prop­erty in Hopp­ner Road, Hayes, to house women aged 16-65 with men­tal health prob­lems.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended re­fusal on the grounds that the loss of res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion was not ac­cept­able, as the de­mand for care homes is ex­pected to fall and there are other schemes in the pipe­line to meet de­mand.

The re­port says: “The res­i­dents, who may be from a home­less back­ground, lack­ing every­day so­cial skills or oth­er­wise un­able to cope, would be vis­ited on a day care ba­sis with ap­point­ments made by the rel­e­vant care worker, such as a psy­chi­atric nurse or so­cial worker.

“The age range is gen­er­ally 16 to 65 years, with some older de­men­tia suf­fer­ers. They may be placed… by the lo­cal Men­tal Health Care Trust, by the coun­cil, di­rect from a hos­pi­tal or from prison.

“The typ­i­cal stay of res­i­dents is eight to 24 months; the length is based on an as­sess­ment by the rel­e­vant care worker.”

Biren­der Singh said he had se­ri­ous con­cerns for all the fam­i­lies with young chil­dren who live in the road, in­clud­ing his own.

“I have a small daugh­ter. We don’t know what kind of peo­ple will be com­ing to the home and I worry about her be­ing around that,” he told the Gazette.

“We are also against this be­cause it is just part of a business plan to the per­son who owns the house, but this is our home.”

Neigh­bour Jack Baker said he had con­cerns about the num­ber of chil­dren and young peo­ple who use the road to get to school.

“Kids from Swake­leys and Ab­bots­field walk down the road daily. You would worry about where th­ese peo­ple are com­ing from and their men­tal state and whether young chil­dren should be ex­posed to that.

“[They] have to go some­where … but I don’t think this is the right area,” he added.

Two health pro­fes­sion­als had writ­ten in support of the Hopp­ner Road site.

The ap­pli­cant, Sudesh Bhun­jun, runs Im­pe­rial Lodge care home in Hayes.

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