Former Appleby care home bought by Oaklea Trust

Date: Monday 3rd December 2018

THE Oaklea Trust has bought the former Edenside residential care home in Appleby, following months of negotiations with Cumbria County Council.

Edenside, in Holme Street, was previously a residential care home for the elderly and has remained unoccupied since Storm Desmond in December, 2015.

The Oaklea Trust, a registered charity providing care and support to over 350 customers across Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland, is keen to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people.

The Edenside site experienced some flooding during Storm Desmond in 2015, which led to the closure of the residential care home.

The then owner, Cumbria County Council, was unable to protect against further flooding and took the decision to permanently relocate the residents.

Oaklea plans to redevelop the site, including significant flood risk measures, and says it is "looking forward to consulting with the local community and other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and the planning authorities, on the future of this community asset".

Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council have supported the purchase and recognise the need for such a facility in the area. The local community has been vocal in its support for the proposed development.

Clive Wigley, chief executive of the Oaklea Trust, said: "This is a momentous day, after many months of negotiating between ourselves and the county council we are now proud to say we own Edenside.

"This is just the beginning though and we know we have a challenging time ahead in meeting the needs of the locals who have supported us every step of the way, whilst balancing the requirements of the planners and the environment agency, and of course raising the funds to make this all happen!

"We are very grateful for the support we have received from Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council and of course all of the individual residents in the area who have contacted us over the last 12 months. I am absolutely convinced we couldn't have done it without you."

Any person or organisation who would like to get involved in raising funds or in sharing their views on the development can contact the Oaklea customer advice team directly on email customer.adviceoakleatrust.co.uk, telephone 01539 735025 or in writing to 48 Stramongate, Kendal, CUMBRIA, LA9 4BD.

Updates will be posted at www.oakleatrust.co.uk and on the charity's social media.

Full story in Saturday's paper.