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Empty council building may become older person’s accommodation

A building recently emptied by the council may be bought by its own Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to be turned into older person’s accommodation and reablement centre.

Haverfordia House, on Winch Lane, is leased by Pembrokeshire County Council and a report to cabinet next week recommends purchasing the freehold – costing £200,000 in total.

The three trustee owners of the Haverfordwest building will receive £100,000 and the remaining lease value of £100,000 transferred from one council account to another.

Welsh Government funding for transforming the building would be sought from  Integrated Care Fund (ICF) capital funding scheme.

“The aim of the scheme is to provide a minimum of 12 reablement beds that can be used to prevent hospital admittance or improve discharge from hospital along with 20 units of older person’s accommodation on the site,” a report to cabinet on September 9 states.

The report adds that the lease of the building is held under the ‘general fund’ and the HRA would “compensate” it with £100,000.

Reference is also made to the potential use of Rifleman’s Field car park, which backs on to the site, with any changes requiring legal changes to the current parking order.

“As part of the design process for the scheme consideration will be given to using an area of the car park adjacent to the Haverfordia House site for
the buildings accommodating the reablement beds and older persons units. This will allow more flexibility in creating a final design that makes best use of the site,” adds the report.

Cabinet meet at 10am, at County Hall on Monday, September 9.

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