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Redevelopment plans for ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and derelict buildings at Strontian offer opportunities for visionary community-led care services for the future, according to those involved.
Residents in the communities of Acharacle, Ardgour, Morvern, Sunart and West Ardnamurchan are being asked to have their say in the future of the Dail Mhor site in Strontian, with a newly-released artist’s impression drawing and vision for the site’s redevelopment available for comment in a community consultation.
The proposal is the work of charity Urram, which has been established from the working group set up by five local community councils – Acharacle, Ardgour, Morvern, Sunart and West Ardnamurchan – in response to the closure of the Dail Mhor residential home in 2017.
After the sudden closure of Dail Mhor three years ago, it was then partially reopened as a respite centre in 2018 along with funding for a project officer.
The new consultation, which invites responses from everyone in the area, is part of phase one of an ambitious and exciting proposal to turn a redundant school building, village hall, GP surgery and care home building into a new development offering a ‘care and community hub’.
The hub will include new supported housing units, flexible day care and respite care facilities, a GP surgery and rooms for care at home, district nurse and ambulance services.
There will also be a new community hall with kitchen facilities and smaller rooms for hire. Site owners, Highland Council, said the current buildings have a maximum lifespan of five years at best.
This volunteer group was established to ensure long-term provision of care services across the peninsulas and aims to work in consultation with the community, Highland Council, NHS Highland and other partners.
Urram board member Jenni Hodgson said: ‘We are really pleased and excited to have reached the point where we can share with the community the draft drawings for the redevelopment of the Dail Mhor site.
‘We are very much looking forward to hearing everyone’s views and suggestions, to enable us to work up the plan and see it through to fruition. This will be a major
community development for the West Lochaber area.’
Plans can be viewed online on each of the community council websites and consultation
packs are available in local shops or can be delivered on request with responses requested by December 31.
There is a questionnaire for written responses in the consultation pack, an online survey is available @UrramCare and a dedicated telephone line has been set up on
07517 035005 to ensure everyone has their opportunity to respond.