Ex­tra care fa­cil­ity open­ing de­layed

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

A £10M ex­tra care fa­cil­ity will not open un­til Oc­to­ber, coun­cil bosses have con­firmed.

Hafan Cefni, which has 63 one- and two-bed­room apart­ments on the site of the for­mer Ys­gol Y Bont school in Llangefni, was set to open to ten­ants in the sum­mer.

Also known as shel­tered hous­ing or as­sisted liv­ing for the over 60s, the fa­cil­ity – the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween An­gle­sey Coun­cil, Pen­naf Hous­ing Group and the Welsh Govern­ment – is de­signed for those who wish to live in­de­pen­dently in a home of their own.

It is due to re­place the town’s Plas Pen­lan res­i­den­tial home.

But a re­port to the coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee con­firmed its open­ing has now slipped back to Oc­to­ber, de­spite as­sur­ances that con­struc­tion is pro­gress­ing well.

Coun­cil leader Lli­nos Medi con­firmed that the coun­cil would not face any costs as re­sult of the de­lay. These will fall on the devel­op­ers in­stead.

The island al­ready has the sec­ond high­est older peo­ple’s pop­u­la­tion in Wales.

A 68% in­crease in those liv­ing past 85 is ex­pected over the next decade.

How­ever, plans for a sep­a­rate ex­tra care fa­cil­ity in Amlwch look less likely.

It has now been con­firmed that no devel­op­ers have been found to help es­tab­lish such a fa­cil­ity.

Part of a fun­da­men­tal shift away from tra­di­tional res­i­den­tial care pro­vi­sion, it was voted in 2014 that once new pro­vi­sion was in place in Amlwch it would re­sult in the clo­sure of the town’s Br­wynog care home.

The re­port con­firmed an as­sess­ment is be­ing un­der­taken by the hous­ing ser­vice to look at hous­ing needs more widely within the area with­out dis­miss­ing the po­ten­tial for ex­tra care.

Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive An­wen Morgan added: “The hous­ing depart­ment is look­ing at all the op­tions and with plans pro­gress­ing well in Llangefni and Beau­maris, at­ten­tion can turn fully to­wards Amlwch now.”

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