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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Plans to expand Southport respite hotel approved

The council has given the go-ahead for the expansion of a respite hotel for persons with impairments.

The nonprofit that manages Sandpipers in Southport wants to boost its capacity from 38 to 50 beds, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The hideaway features residential quarters, a hydrotherapy pool, and a lounge with views of Marine Lake. Prince Charles officially opened it in 1988.

Sefton Council gave its consent for the project.

The designs put out by Revitalise, which would alter parking and construct a new entry canopy, were deemed “appropriate” by the authority’s planning officials since they would have “no influence” on the neighborhood.

They continued by saying that plans for “wild planting” as part of the landscaping on the Fairview site were very appreciated.

A pedestrian footbridge will also be taken down in accordance with the authorized plans.

Revitalise stated in March that it will be expanding its Southport location by “building a new wing, increasing its capacity to help handicapped individuals and their families, while also ensuring the facilities embody current and creative thinking in accessible design and support.”

They will “launch a massive fundraising effort to support the reconstruction works, which will also happen across their other two centers in Chigwell and Southampton,” it was stated at the time.

According to an official from the organisation, it is the largest 24-hour care respite vacation provider for handicapped people and their caregivers in the UK.

At the three specialty centers, they claimed Revitalise “caters for over 150 ailments,” “providing 4,500 holidays each year for those who may otherwise have no opportunity to take a vacation.”

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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