Council told views about hotel plans

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A CARE home supporter has asked councillors to please ensure the standard of accommodation matches the standard of care if plans are approved.

Jill Larbalestier is among ten people who have written to Arun District Council in favour of plans by Livability to move its residents and staff to a new building.

As reported, the charity wants to buy the Russell Hotel on King’s Parade for a 21st-century base to replace its outdated Ashley House on Aldwick Road.

The proposal is set to be decided by the council’s development control committee on March 12.

Ms Larbalestier, of Castle Cary, says in her letter: “My severely disabled brother has been a resident there (Ashley House) since the mid-1990s when, following a major crisis, he needed 24-hour care.

“He was warmly welcomed by the caring staff and has gradually regained much of his former health.

“Sadly, the property has deteroriated despite redecoration and updating. There is a considerable amount of space which is unusable or redundant.

“Bognor has been a good base for the Livability home and the residents are accepted in the town and surrounding area unequivocally.

“The landscape and low volume of traffic makes the town especially user friendly and the pedestrianised centre is where the residents choose to spend their time and money.

“To be able to move lock, stock and barrel into the Russell Hotel would be an enormous advantage for the residents and staff.”

But a customer of the Russell Hotel, run by Action for Blind People, said the 40-bed hotel was vital for blind and partially sighted guests.

Patricia Holmes, of Nyetimber Lane, Rose Green, wrote to Arun: “Due to a hereditary eye disorder, I have very limited vision.

“The Russell Hotel has been invaluable to me during the past ten years as it offers the opportunity to socialise with people who suffer from similar eye conditions.

“I have used the swimming pool every week, this offers me the social recreation that I enjoy, together with priceless independence I crave. The pool is level depth and I feel safe swimming there.”

Arun had received ten letters backing the plan and 14 against by last Thursday.