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Open evening addresses future of former Homeleigh Care Home

PUBLISHED: 13:13 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:13 15 May 2015

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Details of plans will be available.

Residents in the Avenue Road area of Erith have been invited to an open evening at the former Homeleigh Care Home.

The event is being held to discuss a proposal from Bexley Council to use the building as temporary housing accommodation.

This proposed use would be for a limited period of time until a decision is made on Homeleigh’s long-term future, and it is subject to planning permission being granted.

The meeting will be held on Thursday (May 21) from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Homeleigh was previously used as a care home but no longer meets modern standards.

“If planning permission is secured, we would like to use Homeleigh as temporary accommodation for homeless households,” explained Eileen Pallen, the council’s cabinet member for adults’ services.

“The number of these households in Bexley who qualify for help is increasing.

“Making short-term use of the building would be a cost effective use of a vacant building that would save council taxpayers’ money.”

The council would ensure that the temporary accommodation is managed by a reputable and experienced management company, with staff present on site 24 hours a day.

Details of the plans will be available at the open evening, when there will be an opportunity to put questions to council officers involved in the project.

The Council is hoping to submit a planning application by the end of May.

Local people will have the opportunity to give their views on the application as part of the consultation process.

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