FEARS that new developments at Chirk Court Residential Home will end the provision for local people have been voiced by community councillors.
Members of the council said they were concerned that the changes by Pennaf Housing will result in people from outside the area receiving care before local people when representatives gave a presentation at last week’s meeting.
Kevin Hughes, director of care and support for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, part of the Pennaf group, described how two existing wings are currently being upgraded with one providing 10 beds for residential clients and another for administration spaces which should be completed by the end of May before the remaining two wings will be demolished to make way for a two-storey 56-bed elderly mentally infirm (EMI) unit.
He said the changes were in response to Wrexham County Borough Council’s requirements for the region.
Mr Hughes said the building was “totally flexible” to needs and demands, adding: “It will serve the whole population of Chirk and the whole county borough, but people need freedom of movement and if someone wants to move there provision will be made.
“I’m not going to say people aren’t going to be admitted from other areas but there is no marketing campaign to bring them in.
“Our preference is for Chirk and Wrexham county borough clients, but it is a market. Having said that, if WCBC wants us to only admit Wrexham clients we are happy to come to an agreement,” he added.
Concerns were also raised by Cllr Dewi Evans regarding the new entrance which will be off the currently hedged boundary on Holyhead Road. However, he was assured the new entrance will only come into use once the existing entrance off Maes Y Waun has been sealed off.
Once completed the new unit will have 56 en-suite EMI rooms in four wings, in addition to the self-contained 10 residential en-suite rooms, while the whole building will be installed with Wi-Fi and Sky television. It will also have communal areas including a cafe and hairdressers and two parking areas.