Centre for disabled to be bulldozed

Bestwood Day centre
Bestwood Day centre

A DAY-care centre on the Bulwell/Bestwood Village border for adults with learning disabilities is to be closed and bulldozed.

The shutdown of the Nottingham City Council-owned Bestwood Day Centre (pictured), on Bestwood Road, has been in the pipeline since May 2010.

The cash-strapped council says the building is in a poor condition and would cost too much to carry out the necessary upgrade.

Now a decision has been taken to close the site at the end of the month. It caters for up to 125 users.

Once demolition is completed, the site will be put up for sale. It has been earmarked as potential land for new housing.

Coun Brian Grocock (Lab), who represents Bestwood Ward on the city council, said: “I hope a developer will look at the site for housing elderly people.

“It’s in a quiet area, off a major road and close to Bestwood and Bulwell, so it would lend itself well to that purpose.”

Currently, there are 70 people who use Bestwood Day Centre. Aged between 19 and 73, they suffer from a range of problems — from multiple learning disabilities to autism.

They will switch to the new day-centre at the former Aspley Wood School in Aspley where more than £750,000 has been spent to convert the venue.

Once the building on Bestwood Road is vacant, it will be bulldozed at a cost of £137,500, and the land will go on to the market.

The decision to send in the bulldozers was made in consultation with Coun Eunice Campbell (Lab), of Bulwell, who is lead member for adults and health, and fellow Bulwell Labour members, Couns John Hartshorne, Jackie Morris and Ginny Klein.

It is felt that demolition is the most cost-effective move because it will prevent the empty buildings from becoming targets for anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

In the past, there have been arson attacks on outbuildings at Bestwood Day Centre.

Similar venues, including the former Hazel Hill residential home on Beckhampton Road on Bestwood Estate, have been attacked when closed down.

The cost of security for a vacated building would be up to £1,475 a week.

Before the land is put up for sale, the city council will apply for planning permission to ensure future developments can go ahead.