Whitton dementia day centre's £1m revamp to go ahead

Great news: The centre will be given a complete overhaul

Great news: The centre will be given a complete overhaul

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A dementia day centre in Whitton received the green light for a £1m rebuild.

The Homelink Day Respite Centre, in Hospital Bridge Road, will be redesigned on its current site to create a new state-of-the-art care centre.

The plans received the go-ahead at a planning committee meeting at York House on October 31.

Funding for the project was awarded by Richmond Council and the Government’s Department of Health (DoH) which contributed £760,000.

The funding comes from a £50m pot from the DoH’s pilot project for 79 social care projects across the country for people with dementia and their carers.

The centre is planned to be completed by June 2014.

Councillor David Marlow, council cabinet member for adult services, said: “People with dementia will be offered even better care than ever before thanks to these innovative improvements.

“We are delighted with these plans which will create a wonderful new service for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

“Homelink has provided vital support for the past 16 years and this investment will ensure the service continues to go from strength to strength.

“The new centre will create a dementia friendly environment using the design and colour to create light and airy spaces including a sensory garden designed specifically for people with dementia.”

Planning officers had recommended the committee refuse planning permission for the centre due to the proximity of the new buildings to a nearby poplar tree.

Whitton councillor Liz Jaegar: “In the run up to, and since, the closure of Tangley, the Lib Dems have been very keen to see a project of this nature take off.

“I am delighted the planning application was permitted, despite the planning department's recommendation for refusal.

“Thanks are due to local Councillor John Coombs for his eloquent presentation to persuade the committee to grant approval.”

Since Homelink was awarded the money in January, construction costs have risen significantly.

The council has agreed to contribute a further £250,000 to cover the additional expense.

The DoH projects form part of the first national pilot to showcase the best examples of dementia-friendly environments across England.

The figures for older people in with dementia in the borough is about 2,000 and is predicted to increase by 18 per cent to about 2,300 by 2020.

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4:43pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Twickenham Bob says...

The congregation of St Augustine should be ashamed of themselves. You can see why the Romans fed them to the lions....

A while back a group of trees was listed, and they have been trying every trick in the book to have them chopped down. For example the one in front of the church went which was supposed to have been replaced - in went a sapling which mysterious is no longer there. The same for two other trees at the side. They have also been itching to have the popular tree felled too.

The centre could easily be built away from the tree, and its obvious that the new centre will seriously compromise the tree and shorten its life. Which will be a real loss as its the largest tree in the area - a really fine specimen.
The congregation of St Augustine should be ashamed of themselves. You can see why the Romans fed them to the lions.... A while back a group of trees was listed, and they have been trying every trick in the book to have them chopped down. For example the one in front of the church went which was supposed to have been replaced - in went a sapling which mysterious is no longer there. The same for two other trees at the side. They have also been itching to have the popular tree felled too. The centre could easily be built away from the tree, and its obvious that the new centre will seriously compromise the tree and shorten its life. Which will be a real loss as its the largest tree in the area - a really fine specimen. Twickenham Bob
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7:09pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Whitton Carer says...

It is obvious that "Twickenham Bob" has not had to be a Carer 24/7 for someone who has Dementia, Stroke or similar disability. If he had he would not be complaining off the loss off a tree in the place of a much needed Centre and the facilities that will be available and the wonderful staff and volunteers running it. Let us get our priorities right....it is he who should be ashamed of himself.
It is obvious that "Twickenham Bob" has not had to be a Carer 24/7 for someone who has Dementia, Stroke or similar disability. If he had he would not be complaining off the loss off a tree in the place of a much needed Centre and the facilities that will be available and the wonderful staff and volunteers running it. Let us get our priorities right....it is he who should be ashamed of himself. Whitton Carer
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11:44am Mon 18 Nov 13

bandit63 says...

Whitton - Agree 100% wit you. It doesn't matter where a tree is as long as like for like is done somewhere - i.e. just plant another tree. I've helped care for my grandmother who had dementia and day centres / respite care are /is a god send. The Tangley centre should NEVER had been closed down. people are living longer and dementia is on a rapid rise so our council closes down a centre.
Whitton - Agree 100% wit you. It doesn't matter where a tree is as long as like for like is done somewhere - i.e. just plant another tree. I've helped care for my grandmother who had dementia and day centres / respite care are /is a god send. The Tangley centre should NEVER had been closed down. people are living longer and dementia is on a rapid rise so our council closes down a centre. bandit63
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12:16pm Mon 18 Nov 13

cllrjcoombs says...

bandit63 wrote:
Whitton - Agree 100% wit you. It doesn't matter where a tree is as long as like for like is done somewhere - i.e. just plant another tree. I've helped care for my grandmother who had dementia and day centres / respite care are /is a god send. The Tangley centre should NEVER had been closed down. people are living longer and dementia is on a rapid rise so our council closes down a centre.
Part of the planning permission for the new centre is the planting of new trees in front of it. It is a pity that a Lombardy poplar has to go but the new trees will be British native ones
[quote][p][bold]bandit63[/bold] wrote: Whitton - Agree 100% wit you. It doesn't matter where a tree is as long as like for like is done somewhere - i.e. just plant another tree. I've helped care for my grandmother who had dementia and day centres / respite care are /is a god send. The Tangley centre should NEVER had been closed down. people are living longer and dementia is on a rapid rise so our council closes down a centre.[/p][/quote]Part of the planning permission for the new centre is the planting of new trees in front of it. It is a pity that a Lombardy poplar has to go but the new trees will be British native ones cllrjcoombs
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