Eastbourne MP ‘impressed’ by adult care project

Caroline Ansell and Jill Parker SUS-161101-173910001
Caroline Ansell and Jill Parker SUS-161101-173910001

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has said she is ‘impressed’ by plans for new facilities for adults with severe learning disabilities in the town.

Mrs Ansell viewed plans to build studio apartments and work experience facilities for young adults with severe learning disabilities at a recent meeting with the JPK Project.

JPK concept drawings SUS-161101-173859001

JPK concept drawings SUS-161101-173859001

The £3.5 million project will see 16 en-suite apartments as well as eight semi-independent flats and communal rooms built in the town.

Mrs Ansell said, “These are exciting plans that will lead to much needed provision in Eastbourne for young people with learning disabilities, offering not just accommodation but also the chance to learn skills and be part of the community.

“It’s super that fundraising has been so successful to date but more money needs to be raised if the whole project is to be completed.

“Chair and the project co-ordinator Jill Parker and her team have done a fantastic job getting the project so far advanced and I was really impressed with the plans that will make a tremendous difference to so many people’s lives, not only for those who have learning disabilities, but also their family and carers.

“It’s also important that this new project sits well in its local community and that issues of parking and access are handled sensitively.”

The finished project will also build a community centre with tea room and charity shop as well as a bakery and commercial kitchen built in to provide training and work experience for residents.

Phase one of the project at the site of the former Edgemond Chapel in Church Street, Old Town, is due to start in April.

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