Care home scheme under fire

A PARISH council delivered an emphatic 'no' vote against a planned nursing home in Sandford amid angry outbursts from members of the public. At a meeting of Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council recently, members voted to reject an application from St Mon

A PARISH council delivered an emphatic 'no' vote against a planned nursing home in Sandford amid angry outbursts from members of the public.At a meeting of Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council recently, members voted to reject an application from St Monica's Trust which wants to build a nursing home on the former Sandford Stone site. Members of the public also voiced their fears that accepting a proposal to build on greenfield land would set a 'dangerous' precedent to planners.Landlady of the Railway Inn, in Station Road, Judy Sweeting, said: "I don't think they should be building on open countryside and we do not have facilities for that many elderly people here in Sandford."But the majority of people are not opposed to the building in principle.Councillor Gerry Lloyd said: "We would like them to come along and build on the Sandford Stone site, but not the greenfield area." The £23million proposal was rejected by seven votes to four. Cllr Phyllis Cram said: "While I might be in need of a nursing home myself I do feel that this is geriatric overload."A St Monica's Trust spokesman said: "We have included the parish council in our discussions and we will now see what will become of ongoing consultations with planners at North Somerset Council.


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