Plans to build a multi million pound care home in Fortrose have won strong support from the local community.
Parklands Group, which operates seven care homes across Highland and Moray, plans to build a 40 bedroom care home facility on a site on Ness Road. If approved, the care home will open by the end of 2016, creating 50 full time equivalent jobs.
A public exhibition in the town held to showcase the proposed £3.5 million investment was attended by more than 80 local residents.
During the event, Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Group, gave a commitment that because of the desperate shortage of care provision in the area, there would be a 50/50 split between private and NHS funded beds, a commitment that was warmly welcomed.
Following the event, Mr Taylor said: “The response from the local community to our plans has been very positive and the very large turnout is significant. Many people welcomed the prospect of a purpose built care home as well as the promise of more jobs for the local community.
“It is clear that elderly care provision in Fortrose has not kept pace with the needs of its growing elderly population. Without additional care capacity in the town, elderly people will have to move elsewhere to receive the care they need, splitting up families and communities. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the case: Parklands is ready to start work now on a new purpose built care home which will open next year, providing the additional care capacity the area so desperately needs as well as a welcome boost for the local economy.
“We believe there is a strong social and economic case for such a facility and, judging by the positive response we have received today, it appears that many people in the community share this view.”