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Torquay residents angry over day care plan

Dunboyne Court in Torquay
Image caption Torbay Care NHS Trust said it was aware of the concerns

People at a Torquay residential home say they are angry they may have to share their communal facilities with non-residents.

Sanctuary Group, which runs Dunboyne Court, wants to operate a day care service at the site.

But residents say they pay about £80 a week to use the facilities and do not believe they should be sharing them.

Sanctuary Group said as a "responsible provider" it wanted to offer benefits to residents and the wider community.

Resident Norman MacNamara said: "We contribute something like over £80 a week and that goes towards the heating, the electric and all the community areas.

'Double-pay'

"If we're already paying that then obviously Sanctuary are going to get paid on top, so are they getting paid twice? And if not, why should we pay for someone else?"

Some residents have bought their flats as part of a shared ownership scheme while others have been placed at Dunboyne Court by Torbay Care Trust because of their needs.

Residents who bought their homes say there was no consultation about introducing a day care service and claim it is a change of use.

Steve Wood, of Sanctuary Group, said: "Dunboyne Court's success comes from the fact that it is truly part of the local community and as a responsible provider we look at ways to bring additional benefits to both our existing residents and people of a similar age in the area.

"Dunboyne Court has been approved by [Torbay] Council as a suitable place to extend services to elderly people who are isolated and would benefit from social interaction and receive the support they need to become more independent."

Sanctuary is due to meet with residents later.

Torbay Care NHS Trust said it was aware of the concerns and would talk with the residents.

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