Huge Oxford Road care home opposed by Southport councillor

Huge Oxford Road care home opposed by Southport councillor

Plans to build yet another HUGE care home in West Birkdale’s Oxford Road are being opposed by a local councillor. The site is the former spectacular turreted 8 Oxford Road which was the gateway building to the West Birkdale Conservation Area before it was left empty then burned down and was demolished. But local Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson does not expect the Council to turn the proposal down, even though Southport does not appear to be meeting the needs of its present elderly population properly. He says:

“Both Sefton Council and the government seem to be saying that what Southport, and West Birkdale in particular, need is more and more concentration of very elderly people with out-of-town shops.”

” The people who will lose out on such development, of course, will be the existing elderly population of Southport whose health and social services are already severely stretched. I shall oppose this development but do not expect the application to be overturned ”

“The planning papers say that this development will adversely affect neighbouring property but not so much as they’d require a change in the plans.”

“The proposal is for a par- five-story building. It seems that virtually anything goes these days. You pack as much as you can in which gives maximum profit.”

“The only comfort which I can see is that the ugly boarded site will at last disappear and this building is not as ugly as some of the other care homes which we have seen elsewhere so it will not detract too much from the conservation zone. ”



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