BOROUGH councillors have welcomed a decision to demolish a ‘not fit-for-purpose’ Solihull Lodge care home.
Sunhaven Care Home and day centre, which cared for the elderly and those with learning disabilities, was closed last month ahead of plans to replace it with a new purpose-built centre.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said all the home’s residents had already been relocated and an application to demolish the home, in High Street, has now been submitted by Solihull Council.
Coun Howard Allen, (Green, Shirley West) said: “There is a replacement which we are assured will be a far better facility than what is there already. This building couldn’t provide the standards of care required. After a few years, most buildings become not fit-for-purpose, particularly in caring facilities where standards are improving all the time.
“I do have some concerns because change is always frightening for people using the service. But anything that improves the level of service, particularly for people who have special needs is a good thing, especially in this financial climate.”
Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said councillors had worked closely with the home’s few residents, and their families, to move them into the alternate accommodation of their choice.
Subject to planning permission, demolition work is due to begin in late 2013, early 2014.