More community responses sought to Dail Mhor consultation

The artist’s impression for a community care hub and associated flexible housing units at Dail Mhor. NO-F03-Dail-Mhor_VISION-scaled.jpg
The artist’s impression for a community care hub and associated flexible housing units at Dail Mhor.

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In October last year charity Urram shared a first glimpse of its vision for the redevelopment of the Dail Mhor health and social care site in Strontian.

Although steady feedback on the plans has since been received, Urram says more is needed.

The charity has now decided to keep the community consultation running until the end of February and is urging all West Lochaber residents to have their say.

Urram’s proposals are for a bright and modern, multi-functional care hub to replace the rapidly deteriorating buildings currently on site.

The existing Dail Mhor buildings. NO F03 Dail Mhor 2021
The existing Dail Mhor buildings.
NO F03 Dail Mhor 2021

This exciting project aims to provide flexible facilities for both short and long-term care needs of the West Lochaber community, a new village hall, a small supported-housing complex, and flexible and modern spaces for a multitude of community uses.

It would create many new employment opportunities and protect existing jobs and services in the area.

To date, feedback from the consultation has been very positive with more than 90 percent of respondents stating that they are, overall, in favour of the redevelopment.

Useful points highlighted have included the need for more parking; consideration of the proximity of any new building to near-by residents; the need for a staff room; larger GP consulting rooms; the need for the kitchen area to be closer to the care hub and consideration of remote day care facilities in outlying villages.

Urram Project Officer Lara Van de Peer commented: ‘Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey to date. The proposals put forward are a starting point only.

‘The most important thing residents across the area can do is look at drawings and tell us what works, what doesn’t, and what we have missed.

‘Only by receiving constructive feedback on our proposals can we move onto the next stage of this development with information that truly reflects what the local community wants and needs.

‘Please do take five minutes to tell us what you think, so we can plan the best possible future for care delivery in this area.’

Urram, previously the Dail Mhor Working Group, was set up as a charity to work in
partnership with local community councils, Highland Council, NHS Highland, and other partners, and is the lead partner on this progressive project.