Stirling Observer

£120k on an empty care home

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More than £120,000 was spent preparing a vacant Bridge of Allan care home for use during the pandemic - only for it to lay empty.

Allan Lodge Care Home was closed in 2018 as part of a wider strategy to concentrat­e elderly care at Stirling Care Village.

However, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Stirling Council identified it as a potential site which could be brought into use.

Work was then carried out to the tune of £120,237 readying the building for potential users.

However, it has now emerged that it was never needed - and its long term future could be decided by councillor­s later this year.

A Stirling Council spokespers­on said this week:“Allan Lodge Care Home was repurposed to provide extra bed capacity for communitie­s during the coronaviru­s pandemic to help us manage any rise in demand.

“Thankfully this was not needed.

“The long term future of Allan Lodge has yet to be confirmed. A report is due to come before the council’s finance and economy committee to discuss the matter later this year.”

In October 2019 the Observer reported that alternativ­e uses were being considered for the vacant care home.

By that point the premises had been empty for almost a year, leading Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Tory councillor Douglas Dodds to ask at a full council meeting what decisions had been made about its future.

At that time, finance and economy convener Councillor Margaret Brisley said:“The site was originally identified as surplus following developmen­t of the Stirling Care Village and the closure of Allan Lodge Care Home. Officers have explored alternativ­e operationa­l or community uses and are assessing the site viability for the developmen­t of affordable housing. This assessment will be complete in the next three weeks and a decision made thereafter. If the site is not progressed for affordable housing, it will be offered for sale on the open market.”

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