Call for sheltered housing in Sark

Sark's Chief Pleas has been asked to provide sheltered housing by the chairman of the island's douzaine.

It come amid claims of a growing need for accommodation for residents who do not have family in the island and for those who have fallen on hard times.

Conseiller Edric Baker has proposed a motion asking the government to agree in principle to its provision.

He has also put forward a move to approve funding to buy land on which such housing could be built.

The land, near the island's medical centre, is being offered for £20,000 by a Sark couple who want the money donated to the Professor Charles Saint Medical Trust.

The issue of whether or not the island, with a population of 600, requires this type of accommodation has been discussed a number of in the past.

The proposals are due to be debated by Chief Pleas on 4 May.

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