Mildenhall care home could be replaced

Exterior shot of Wamil Court in Wamil Way, Mildenhall.
Exterior shot of Wamil Court in Wamil Way, Mildenhall.
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Wamil Court care home could be replaced by a state-of-the-art new facility if plans for a £60 million investment are approved.

The investment would see the county’s 16 residential care homes and eight wellbeing centres replaced by 10 purpose- built new facilities.

Wamil Court, on Wamil Way, Mildenhall, would close in May 2014 to be replaced by a new care home in the town.

The axing and replacing of residential care homes is part of the private sector takeover of Suffolk’s council run services.

The new homes would be part of a £60 million investment by Care UK, Suffolk County Council’s preferred bidder to run the services.

The council has said the new homes will make the most of advanced design and technology.

Care UK has earmarked the site of Great Heath Primary School, on St John’s Close, as the site of a new 60-bed care home.

Plans for the site, which will be left empty by Great Heath Primary School when they move to the former site of College Heath Milddle School, were put on display last month.

The proposal is for a two- storey care home with 60 en-suite bedrooms in landscaped grounds.

Amenities, including a coffee shop, hairdressers and treatment room will be accomodated in the building.

A separate wellbeing centre will sit on the site for use by local people as well as residents.

If the investment is approved by Suffolk County Council’s cabinet on Tuesday work on the new care home would begin in April 2013.

The new home would open in April 2014 with Wamil Court closing its doors a month later.

Suffolk county councillor Colin Noble, cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “Our commitment and focus to ensure we get the best possible care facilities for Suffolk people, remains as strong as ever.

“By transferring our care homes and wellbeing centres to Care UK we will be able to attract a significant amount of investment that otherwise would simply not be available.

“The most vulnerable in society deserve the very best we can provide them- this deal represents that.”

Care homes in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket will also be set to close if plans are approved.