Fresh plan for derelict care home

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A new plan has been unveiled to convert an eyesore on a busy Eastbourne road.

The former Belmont Care Home in Pevensey Bay Road on the A259 has been empty for a number of years and fallen into a state of disrepair with the building frequently targeted by vandals.

A previous application to demolish the building and build a 75 bed care home with a day centre for 30 people was approved in 2012 but that permission has expired hence the fresh plan.

Barchester Health Care wants to knock the building down and build an 80 bed care home.

The development is set to create 45 new jobs.

The care home closed suddenly in 2007 leaving 44 elderly residents in need of new homes and 91 staff facing redundancy.

Owners of the home said they could not afford the £500,000 needed to bring it up to date and as a result, the Lighthouse Nursery, which occupied the same building, also had to shut down.

Forty-four old people had to find another care home and 43 children aged from a few months to five years had to find alternative nurseries.

Fifteen staff at the nursery were made redundant and 81 staff at the care home were affected.