Digging in to build town’s new care home

From left: Neil McCormack, hub East Central, cllr Andrew Rodger, cllr Judy Hamilton, Ken Gourlay, Fife Council's head of asset and facilities management
From left: Neil McCormack, hub East Central, cllr Andrew Rodger, cllr Judy Hamilton, Ken Gourlay, Fife Council's head of asset and facilities management

Work has begun on site for a new 60-bed care home in Kirkcaldy with the facility expected to be completed next October.

The new 60-bed home will feature as part of a larger state-of-the-art care village, based at Ostler’s Way.

It will replace Appin House and Raith Gates whose future has yet to be decided.

The new home will include a meals on wheels facility; a day care unit, a drop-in facility for older people, a hairdressing salon alongside 21 extra care and five specific needs bungalows.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, executive spokesman for social work and health, said: “I am delighted to see the plans becoming a reality on the ground.

‘‘A lot of work has gone into ensuring the new care home will meet the needs of our current service users and those who will need care in the future.

“We can now look forward to the new facilities and all the many benefits they will bring to the residents, staff and the community. I look forward to seeing it all take shape over the coming year.”

She added: “The future of Appin House and Raith Gates will be considered in due course with the properties or land either being considered for alternative Council use or sold on the open market.’

Cllr Andrew Rodger, executive health spokesman and member of Fife NHS Board said: “Building a new care village demonstrates our commitment to investing in care for the future and providing choice for people in need, and their families.

‘‘ This is going to be a great development for Kirkcaldy.”

Fife Council is delivering the construction project through hub East Central Scotland, which was set up as a government initiative to support the delivery of affordable, sustainable and functional community facilities.

Fifers are also being given the chance to discuss a proposed new housing development in Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy.

The drop in event, for surrounding residents to view and comment on design proposals, will take place on board the ‘Revolution Bus’ which will be parked in Ostler’s Way on Wednesday, November 13 between 3.00 pm and 6.30 pm. The plan is for 26 affordable homes to be built alongside care home. It will include a mix of extra care and specific needs two-bedroom bungalows to givee more support to tenants than traditional sheltered houses.