QUESTIONS OVER SITE FOR EXTRA-CARE HOUSING

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Cambrian News photographer - The site of the old Plas Morolwg flats which were demolished in 2015. Inset: An artist’s impression of the proposed new building

A CAMPAIGNER has questioned whether the location of a proposed extra-care facility at Plas Morolwg near Aberystwyth harbour is suitable for residents with mobility problems.

The Cambrian News reported “Planning documents drawn up by consultants Asbri, for Wales and West Housing Association, have said the scheme for a 56-unit facility would be a “quality development” and is “in an inherently excellent sustainable location, close to both Aberystwyth town centre, alongside a number of public transport routes”.

But the claims made in a design and access statement which will be lodged with Ceredigion County Council have been questioned by George Holloway, a member of the North Ceredigion Forum for Elderly Care, who insisted that the report doesn’t address possible mobility problems for some of the people who would live there.

While the Asbri report said the Plas Morolwg site was close to public transport links and that pedestrian access was good, Mr Holloway said that didn’t take into consideration the lack of a pavement between the Plas Morolwg site and the former Anthony Motors car showroom.

He said: “The general tone of the report is that Plas Morolwg is eminently accessible and enjoys excellent public transport services, due to the fact that someone, somewhere along the way cannot tell the different between a bus station and a bus shelter.

“Asbri Planning Ltd patently cannot see the difference between the mobility needs of persons needing extra-care housing and those seeking ordinary residential accommodation.”

In the design and access statement, Asbri says: “The site is in a prime location with a range of land uses within close proximity to the site within the town of Aberystwyth itself including; fire station, hospital and commercial centre.

“As such, it is considered that the site sits within a sustainable location by virtue of its position within close proximity to an array of services and facilities within the town of Aberystwyth” here.

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