Hotel’s conversion is well underway

CONVERSION work on a former hotel in Aldwick is well underway.

Livability is carrying out the alterations to what was the Russell Hotel to enable the 14 residents of its Ashley House home to live there.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Our residents should be able to move into their accommodation in the new year.”

The current home on Aldwick Road is being marketed for potential development, subject to planning permission.

Livability won planning approval to convert the hotel on King’s Parade into a care home from Arun District Council in the spring.

It took possession of the building from another charity, Action for Blind People, on April 30 for an undisclosed sum.

Livability regards the hotel, opened in 2002 with 40 bedrooms, as an ideal modern premises to replace Ashley House which dates from 1958.

But blind guests at the hotel regretted its closure.