‘It’s become intolerable’

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FURIOUS residents have spoken out over plans put forward to develop Ashley Nursing Home, which will see it double in size if approved by Bassetlaw Council.

The £2.5m development will be an extension to its current 40-bed building on Sunnyside, in Worksop.

Proposals include a further 39 beds for patients with mental health difficulties and will create 47 staffing posts.

But, of 21 neighbours consulted by the council, 54 per cent have responded, with all 13 opposing the 1,770 sq. metre expansion.

Sunnyside resident Susan Calvert-Rodgers, 42, is against the development.

“I’m not against the principal of the home but the new plans will spoil the look of the original house. It’s a bit of an eyesore already,” she said.

Graeme Atkins, 60, has lived on Sunnyside for more than 20 years.

He said: “We live in a cul-de-sac, there is usually minor disruption when they are building, the vehicles obstruct Sunnyside.”

“Taxi drivers and ambulances park on the street and create a single track for people to get up and down. I’ve had a few near misses myself.”

Mum-of-two Jayne Curley, 46, has registered her objections with the council.

“The parking has become intolerable,” she said.

“It has already created chaos and congestion, and the whole street is blocked. It’s a real inconvenience.”

Ashley Nursing Home owner Lee Patil has lived in Worksop for more than 30 years and said he was confident the application will get the green light.

“Opposition is to be expected, you will always get some good and some bad feedback, but it will hopefully be only temporary,” he said.

“I’m very proud I’m providing a service for vulnerable people in society.”

“I wanted to do my original buildings justice, there will be more bedrooms and better facilities for the residents.”

The home has had parking problems in the past, with ambulances having to sometimes park on the street, but Mr Patil said a new entrance was being created to address this issue.

“It has been inconvenient, we got planning permission five years ago but I wasn’t happy with the design.”

“I made some structural changes and we have applied again,” added Mr Patil, who has been in the business for 24 years.

The home cares for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, drug or alcohol dependencies and other mental health difficulties.