New care village to replace unwanted flats in Anstruther
A five-storey block of flats plagued by anti-social behaviour is to be demolished next year to make way for a new care village in Anstruther.
An exact date for the demolition has not been confirmed but it is anticipated that the Mayview flats will be razed in spring.
Councillors on North East Fife Area Committee agreed the four-block residential site should be redeveloped as Anstruther Care Village.
The care village will contain 24 residential spaces, 12 extra care flats and two disabled-friendly bungalows and will replace the 39-bed Ladywalk House, which will be demolished to make way for around 20 council houses.
Plans will be scrutinised by the policy and co-ordination committee before approval.
John Cooper, service manager for Fife Council’s older people’s services, said the extra care flats would allow people to live independently while having carers close at hand.
He said: “This is an innovative design for us in Fife. What this site offers us is an opportunity for older people to live as unsupported as they can for as long as they can, while having the support on-site as and when they need it, so much more of a community support model. We think this is an exciting and innovative opportunity.”
The decision to remove the flats ends a long-running saga over the new facility’s location.
Nearby Bankie Park had been suggested for use but this option was taken off the table after a public outcry, leaving Fife Health and Social Care Partnership struggling to find a suitable alternative location.
Independent councillor Linda Holt described the plans before the committee as a “brilliant proposal”.
She said: “Given the long and arduous journey we’ve had to get here, I have total confidence this is the best option in terms of site, in terms of value for money and in terms of satisfying the housing and care needs in the East Neuk.”
The flats at Mayview Avenue and Mayview Court had become unpopular with prospective tenants due to problems with anti-social behaviour.
Once popular with couples and young families, the flats had gained a bad reputation and been difficult to allocate in recent years, The Courier reports.
The committee heard that factors including Right to Buy legislation, the council’s statutory duty to allocate tenancies to those most in need, and cuts to frontline services had led to an incompatible mix of tenants and “stretched” management resources.