New £8m care home to bring job bonanza

An artist's impression of the new care home looking from Quorn Avenue, Melton EMN-151108-180518001
An artist's impression of the new care home looking from Quorn Avenue, Melton EMN-151108-180518001
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A new £8m care home being built in Melton will create 120 jobs - says the company behind the scheme.

The three-floor building, off the A6006 Asfordby Road, will provide accommodation and facilities for up to 88 residents. Facilities will include a gym, cinema, hairdresser and spa, cafe bar and restaurant with private dining and garden rooms with access into a secured garden and roof top gardens. Gym membership will also be available to non-residents aged over 55 who will also be allowed access to the restaurant, cafe and grill.

The new care home is planned to open next summer.

A spokesman for owners Melton Mowbray Care Homes Ltd said: “The new home will encourage and promote a fuller and more active lifestyle for its residents. The design of the home reflects the contemporary era of care that we live in, ensuring residents can be independent and as socially active as they wish.”

Melton Borough Council Egerton ward independent councillor Tina Culley said: “It’s wonderful news the owners have chosen a site in the Egerton ward. Employment being provided on this scale will not only benefit the unemployed but will also benefit the local economy.

“Melton already has a really low unemployment rate so these new jobs will only improve the situation further. I welcome the new care home and look forward to welcoming its future residents.”

A question mark still hangs over the future of one of Melton’s existing care homes - Catherine Dalley House on Scalford Road.

Leicestershire County Council is currently consulting people on its proposals to close the 31-bed facility. The authority has said it can’t afford to spend £315,000 on upgrading it at a time when it has to save £82m over the next four years.

County Hall says previous proposals to either transfer Catherine Dalley to a new owner or develop extra care housing on the site hadn’t worked out.

The council has pledged to work with residents to find them places in suitable homes nearby if the decision is made to close Catherine Dalley.

The consultation is running until September 21. As of yesterday (Wednesday) the council said it had received 61 responses so far. To have your say visit http://www.leics.gov.uk/catherinedalley

If closure is eventually approved it’s anticipated the care home would be shut by June next year.