Council Advertising For Elder Care Partner

Old school site at Carn Thomas

The Council is to advertise in a specialist newsletter for a partner to fund and build housing for the elderly on the empty secondary school site.

The development would replace Park House and cater for all levels of need and assistance.

The plan to provide self-contained extra care facilities suffered a set back in the summer when the Homes and Communities Agency declined funding for Scilly.

And now, Aisling Hick from the Council says there is “no obvious pot of money anymore.”

The original specification for 20 independent-living flats would have cost more than £8m, but Aisling has learned that funders require 40 places to be commercially viable.

She hopes that specialist publications could reach 6000 readers in the social care sector and encourage a housing association, charity or social enterprise, that is sympathetic to Scilly, to come forward.

Aisling says some of the units would be available as affordable rentals and would allow nomination rights, meaning islanders would get first call.

She says Councillors could choose to alter Section 106 restrictions, which prevent new homes being sold on the open market so a developer can get some kind of return on their investment.

There could be penthouse units but every home would need to be restricted to retired residents and offered to islanders first.

Aisling says if the newsletter ad brings no results, she will contact philanthropists and

charities. She says something will be done, and it isn’t an “all or nothing” project.

Councillors have asked Aisling to get a price for demolishing the old secondary school.