FRIDAY BRIDGE: Plans for nursing home

PUBLISHED: 17:16 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

By MAGGIE GIBSON A CARE group is planning to restore a listed Fenland country house to provide a nursing home. Executive Care Group says the Grade Two listed Waldersea House in March Road, Friday Bridge, would provide much needed care for the elderly and

By MAGGIE GIBSON

A CARE group is planning to restore a listed Fenland country house to provide a nursing home.

Executive Care Group says the Grade Two listed Waldersea House in March Road, Friday Bridge, would provide much needed care for the elderly and around 15jobs.

The Tyneside-based group, which says the area is poorly served with nursing care home beds, plans to offer six nursing bedrooms in the house and 12 more bedrooms, in a new, standalone single storey wing around a courtyard in the grounds.

Executive Care says: "Cambridgeshire is poorly served with nursing care home beds as witnessed in the Joint Mental Health Review for Cambridgeshire and this tranquil remote setting has been indentified as an area which would be beneficial to the recuperation and treatment of patients requiring specialist nursing care."

The group has already held a public exhibition to gather opinion from local residents and parish councillors and say the response was "very positive" with people feeling it was the best proposed development for the site offering a much needed facility and employment.

Only a few people were aware of the planning consent which already exists for the building of three detached houses within the grounds of Waldersea House.

In a planning application to Fenland District Council, the group says: "The majority of mental health services are in Cambridge City with only floating support service in East Cambridgeshire and two in Fenland. East Cambridgeshire has the least provision of all."

Aiming for a five-star environment, the group says services will be flexible to suit individual needs, there will be large rooms, spacious communal facilities for those who want to interact with others, therapeutic areas and safe, accessible outdoor space.


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