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Arnold councillor welcomes plan to turn vandal-plagued care home into flats

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An Arnold councillor has welcomed plans to turn an abandoned care home repeatedly targeted by vandals into flats

Killisick councillors Henry Wheeler and Marje Paling have been campaigning for months to get Millbeck House back into use.

It was announced this week that the property on Oakdale Road will now be transformed into new apartments.

Cllr Wheeler said: “I and Cllr Marje Paling have been campaigning for this property to be used again as either a new care home or for a conversion into flats. 

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“This building has been targeted by vandals from the moment it was closed by Abbeyfield Trust.  

“We have personally been out and cleared this site of rubbish, broken glass and other fly tipping with local residents.

“We also sit on the Planning Committee and we were very pleased to support the planning application.  

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CLOSED: Leivers Court, Arnold

“The sooner this building is converted and has people living in it again the better.”

The councillors now hope that a use can be found for Leivers Court – another carehome closed down last year.

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Cllr Wheeler added: “We are also battling to get Leivers Court, which was closed by the Tories back into use.  

This building has been sat vacant and and going to rack and ruin for over a year,

“It’s disgraceful that the Tories closed Leivers Court with no plan, or foresight. I was told that Millbeck House closed also as a result of changes that that the County Council had made to Adult Social Care.  

“We want both these buildings to be brought back into use. “

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council told Gedling Eye: “In regards to the plans for the former Leivers Court care home, options are still being weighed and it is too early to say anything definitive at this stage. We’ll provide an update when we can.

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