The Council has released details of responses to a survey of elderly persons needs which it conducted earlier in the year.
Asked where they would like to see out their days, the majority said that they wished to remain in their existing home.
Some said that they would like to move to a smaller property.
There was little enthusiasm for placements in traditional retirement homes.
Most of the 406 respondents were owner occupiers. The lowest response rate came from the Westfield ward (the City’s poorest) and he highest from the Guildhall Ward
Clearly location is an important factor for many older people. They want to be close to amenities and are increasingly reluctant to drive.
This need conflicts with current Council planning policies which have allocated land near Front Street Acomb – which has a full range of amenities – for family housing.
With developers reluctant to even build elderly persons homes the emphasis should be on providing easy to manage homes at sites like Lowfield, Front Street, Long Close Lane etc.
The report will be discussed next week click