Funding discussions as council seeks support for £9m extra care scheme

Artist's impression of how an extra care scheme could look on Fleet Street, Chorley

Artist's impression of how an extra care scheme could look on Fleet Street, Chorley

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Lancashire County Council could help to pay for a £9m care scheme for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Chorley councillors have previously spoken of their disappointment that county council was not providing funding for the centre on Fleet Street.

“I am pleased that Lancashire County Council has agreed to reconsider its position and hopefully we can secure a firm commitment from them to support the scheme by contributing towards the cost of building this facility as had previously been proposed.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

County Council leader Jennifer Mein said they had not received “a sufficiently robust business case”.

But talks about county council contributing are now taking place.

Coun Mein said: “The county council is keen to support the provision of accommodation that helps older people and people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. We’re currently talking with colleagues from Chorley Council about the proposals and are looking into potential funding opportunities.”

Chorley Council is putting forward more than £6m for the scheme and has applied to the Government for the remaining funding.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “I am pleased that Lancashire County Council has agreed to reconsider its position and hopefully we can secure a firm commitment from them to support the scheme by contributing towards the cost of building this facility as had previously been proposed.

“I’d like to think they will see the benefits of this investment, so we can work together to provide much-needed purpose-built accommodation.”

A motion on the issue was submitted to last week’s full council meeting in Chorley by Coun Greg Morgan and an amended version by Coun Bradley was approved.

It said the council was “concerned at the failure of Lancashire County Council to provide appropriate support to the Fleet Street extra care scheme”.

Councillors agreed to support efforts to get the county council to review their position and to secure a firm commitment of funding.