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Residents asked to give views on extra care housing

Plans will go on show next week on the redevelopment of the former Arthur Clarks Residential Home and Albert Road Day Centre in Caversham.

Both closed two years ago despite a long campaign.

A new extra care housing scheme has been proposed for the site which would see forty one and two bed units with communal facilities built.

"Local residents have been saying they want to see this site used for services for older people so that they can continue to live fulfilling lives in their own community. I'd encourage people to give their views on the proposals to help ensure that the services provided are the best they can be."

– Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Rachel Eden

"The Council is working with A2 Dominion to ensure that this site continues to benefit older people in Caversham. Our priority it to deliver a sustainable, high quality housing development that includes activities for older people in the wider community."

– Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Richard Davies

The Council will contract additional specialist providers to deliver care services, catering and community activities at the new facility.

Subject to gaining planning permission, it is expected that builders will be on site later on this year to start work on the scheme.


Decision due on the future of council run care home

A decision will be made today over the future of a council run care home in Reading. The Arthur Clark Home in Caversham could face closure and residents will need to re-homed.

The council claims it would cost £1m to bring the home up to modern standards. 3,500 people have already signed a petition calling for it to remain.