Calls for dementia unit on Fylde coast

Bowgreave Rise Care Home in Garstang and (below) Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson.
Bowgreave Rise Care Home in Garstang and (below) Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson.
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Calls have been made to revive a multi-million pound scheme for a dementia “centre of excellence” on the Fylde coast.

Lancashire County Council will debate the proposed Bowgreave Rise site, in Garstang, at its full meeting this afternoon after a motion was put forward by St Annes South councillor Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson.

Coun Fabian Craig Wilson

Coun Fabian Craig Wilson

But County Hall bosses say the earmarked site is “unlikely to be suitable” for a development of that nature.

However Coun Craig-Wilson, who lost her husband to dementia in June, hopes to convince her fellow councillors of the benefits of such a scheme.

She said: “We have an ageing population but in some of our communities and our coastal districts, we have much higher than the national average because this is where people come to retire.

“The more places we have to provide the better, so having it taken out of the budget was a terrible loss to a vast area which could have specialist dementia care.”

The proposed centre could have formed part of a £5m plan which has been allocated to improve dementia services across the county.

Coun Craig-Wilson added: “I’m hoping it’s going to come into the budget.

“I can’t promise that will happen but I hope my arguments will be strong enough that it will be at least considered.

“The facility is never going to be fit for purpose the way it is.”

Coun Tony Martin, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “We are committed to developing services that provide the highest standard of care for people who have dementia.

“However, creating a new purpose-built dementia centre at Bowgreave Rise was never more than an initial proposal.

“In fact, a further assessment of the Bowgreave Rise site by officers concluded it is unlikely to be suitable for a scheme of this nature and is probably not affordable within the proposed budget.

“We are committed to using the £5m to improve dementia services across the county, and this will not be affected by the £300m budget cut imposed by central government.”

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