JPK Project plans up for discussion

The JPK Project’s ambition to build a residential centre for people with learning disabilities will be back before the town’s planners on Tuesday evening (Octoboer 2).

A decision on whether or not an old church can be transformed into a residential home for people with learning difficulties was put on hold earlier this month. The meeting was adjourned at the eleventh hour amid minor disputes over parking rights.

Supporters and fundraisers involved in the JPK Project plan to convert the Edgmond Evangelical Church Hall in to a centre where people can live, work and enjoy recreational facilities.

The plans include 16 en-suite studio apartments, eight flatlets, communal rooms, tea rooms and a charity shop.

The centre aims to provide accommodation with 24-hour carers and the chance for the residents to work and gain skills.

Jill, whose daughter has a learning disability, started the charity in 2001 and local people have been fundraising for the scheme ever since.

The plans have received objections from local residents. In an anonymous letter circulated to supporters of the charity, ‘concerned residents’ wrote, “It is a massive over development of the site, accommodation is cramped and there is no proper provision of leisure and socialising space for the residents. The meeting will be held at Eastbourne Town Hall at 6pm.