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Work begins on major new care complex and library in Thirsk
WORK to build an housing complex for elderly residents and new library has begun following a groundbreaking ceremony.
Contractors Keepmoat will start the demolition of the Cherry Garth residential home in Chapel Street, Sowerby, at the end of the month and aim to complete the first phase of the 52-flat development by next spring.
The extra care complex will include a mix of tenure types including rental, shared ownership and sale options as well as a range of communal and community facilities, including a public library to replace the one in a leased building in Finkle Street, Thirsk.
Extra care accommodation aims to bridge the gap between sheltered housing and residential care by allowing residents to remain in their own home alongside care and support. Councillor Mark Robson, chairman of Sowerby Parish Council and Hambleton District Council housing chief, said the building would secure the library facilities for the Thirsk area for the foreseeable future.
He said: “It has been difficult to get to where we are, however it was good to see the vision was finally going ahead.
“We are all living longer, so the demand for this type of care is greater than it has ever been.”
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