Sark sheltered homes 'will take year to start building'

It will be at least a year until any sheltered housing for vulnerable people in Sark will be able to be built, a government committee boss says.

Douzaine chairman Edric Baker is recommending to the Easter meeting of the government, the Chief Pleas, that units for six people be built.

If approved, Mr Baker said the first step before anything was built was getting £20,000 to acquire land.

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

The proposed accommodation comes amid claims of a growing need for accommodation for residents who did not have family in the island and for those who had fallen on hard times.

It is hoped up to six self-contained units could be built with a carer on site. The total cost has not yet been estimated.

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.

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