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Accommodation for elderly 'isn't needed' says councillor

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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Accommodation for the elderly isn't needed in Quedgeley, one parish councillor has said.
Plans for a development of up to nine houses for pensioners at the rear of Tesco and next to the medical centre have been on the cards for some time.
But Quedgeley parish councillor Julian Powell said: "It is a very short sighted use of the land.
"We've got more than enough of this sort of housing in the parish.
"The city council has become fixated on providing just a few houses when we've already got these sorts of properties."
County councillor Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley) rejected the claim.
She said: "I don't know where Councillor Powell's evidence to his claims are coming from. The information I have received paints a different story."
She points to statistics which show 123 households are on Gloucestershire Homeseeker seeking a wheelchair adapted home.
Some 101 of these want one and two bedroom sized properties.
There are 251 applicants older than 65.
A planning application is likely to be submitted by mid next year.

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  • ShireMe  |  December 22 2012, 9:58PM

    Darrell if you read the story the disagreement appears to be about need?

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  • darrellglos  |  December 22 2012, 5:45PM

    Why should it be up a part Quedgeley Parish Councillor decide what sort of houses are built. If there is need for houses of older people then they should be built.

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  • ShireMe  |  December 21 2012, 8:37PM

    Raccoon i was wondering that too. Somewhere along the line there seems to be a loss of information... Plus as a member of the public i would like both Councillors to make the ALL the information they are using publically accessible for the sake of transparency.

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  • Raccoon  |  December 21 2012, 4:21PM

    There is always a waiting list for wheelchair-accessible bungalows. Perhaps someone could confirm that these nine planned properties are going to be wheelchair-accessible; the article implies that they are, without actually stating the fact.

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