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Plans unveiled for new day centre
PLANS for a state-of-the-art day centre in High Wycombe were unveiled at a public exhibition this week.
The complex would be built on the current Jewson site in Bellfield Road, subject to planning permission, and is one of six Day Opportunity Centres being created across Buckinghamshire.
It is part of a Buckinghamshire County Council scheme to replace the county’s 22 day centres with six refurbished or new-build super-centres.
The day centre will be part of the new-look Hughenden Quarter, which features an approved new link road between Wycombe and Hughenden.
BCC’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Cllr Patricia Birchley said: "I’m absolutely thrilled with these plans. "People with different needs can be accommodated in the same building, the location is fantastic, I think we see everything we want here but it’s not set in stone and we can make adjustments. "There’s a lot going on this site with the day opportunity centre, the existing nursing home, and extra care for people who will be moving from their homes into supported living quarters.
"There’s also the accommodation for students from Bucks New University, who may be studying health and social care and may have opportunities for work experience at the day centre.
"It’s going to be a tremendous community by the time it has been completed in 2015; it’s really innovative and great."
The Day Opportunity Centre will include activity rooms, a dinner, changing facilities and a secure garden. It can host about 80 people at any one time.
Floors one and two of the "landmark building" will also be the county council’s new base in High Wycombe, replacing its current area offices behind Easton Street where the public exhibition was held this week.
The centres will be leased to and operated by the recently created Buckinghamshire Care, a private limited company owned by the council.
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