De­ci­sion ex­pected on men­tal health hospi­tal

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PLANS for a new men­tal health hospi­tal in South­port will be de­cided next week.

Mersey Care wants to build the new fa­cil­ity on the site of the old South­port In­fir­mary, on the cor­ner of Scaris­brick New Road and Cur­zon Road.

It would house 44 pa­tients in en-suite beds and fea­ture vis­it­ing spaces, con­sult­ing and treat­ment rooms, and an out­door gar­den.

The new build­ing would be built next to the Boothroyd Unit – which is the last stand­ing build­ing from the for­mer hospi­tal and cur­rently in use as an acute as­sess­ment ward for over 65s with func­tional and or­ganic men­tal health prob­lems.

Once the new build­ing is com­pleted, staff and pa­tients would move in from the old fa­cil­ity, which will then be de­mol­ished to make space for a car park.

The new fa­cil­ity would also take over the ser­vices of the Hes­keth Cen­tre on Al­bert Road.

The plans will be de­cided by Sefton Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee at a meet­ing at Boo­tle Town Hall next Wed­nes­day, July 5.

Sefton plan­ning chiefs are urg­ing coun­cil­lors to grant the scheme al­though cam­paign­ers against the new hospi­tal fa­cil­ity, who have se­cured 36 names on a pe­ti­tion, will speak against the plans at the meet­ing.

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