Residents fear plans for a new care home will result in the loss of a ‘community room’ and create more parking problems for their neighbourhood.
Scores of people flocked to a Horringer Court Residents’ Association meeting to hear Care UK’s proposals to replace Glastonbury Court, in Bury St Edmunds, with an 80 bed facility.
They voiced concerns after Chris Hopkins, the company’s operations director for Suffolk, revealed the number of parking spaces will increase from the current 17 to 29.
One resident said: “You haven’t got enough spaces to service the building.”
Questions were also raised about an apparent covenant on the building, in Glastonbury Road, to provide a public space. Members of Horringer Court Community Church and Alzheimer’s Society meet in a space at the care home, which the association’s vice chairman Philip Jude says ‘has always been called the community room’.
Mr Hopkins said that investigations by Suffolk County Council and Care UK’s legal teams found no such covenant on the building. However, a covenant does exist on a play area, which is outside the boundary of the home. Mr Hopkins said they would ‘encourage community use’ but ‘it would have to be through organised groups’.
After the meeting, Jacky Nunn, outgoing association chairman, said they would try to work with Care UK to minimise the impact on residents.
A spokeswoman for the company said the final number of parking spaces ‘may well change as the proposals evolve’. She added that a multi-purpose room ‘could be made available for appropriate, organised groups’.