Vandals steal welfare wall

September 7, 2010

Transport issues are blighting an otherwise successful conversion of Manchester's Heathlands Care Village into the new Federation of Jewish Services' headquarters.

Vandals have stolen part of a concrete-block wall erected two weeks ago, a feature of a £17,000 car park built to cope with the 40 extra staff working from the Prestwich site.

In addition, an ongoing dispute with Bury Council is blocking repairs to the road leading to the welfare facility.

Heathlands says frail and elderly residents are enduring difficult ambulance journeys along the pothole-littered road. FJS director of operations Sheila Heywood-Holt says it cannot afford an estimated £200,000 to fully repair the road. "We've been fighting to get the council to adopt it."

A Bury Council spokesperson said the issue had not progressed since 2007. "The care home would not commit to making the required contribution. But as a gesture of goodwill, the council did undertake some minor patching work."

    Last updated: 2:21pm, November 2 2010