CAMPAIGNERS working to save a Petersfield care home say the councillor who will decide its future should step down as her husband had been involved with residential care developments for the elderly.
At a community forum meeting last Wednesday, Dilys Lownsborough questioned the objectivity of county councillor Anna McNair Scott as her husband had previously worked in a similar field.
She added the councillor had declared, as required, all her monetary interests, including the 2.2 per cent financial interest in the multi-million-pound company of which her husband is now chairman.
Cllr McNair Scott will decide in November if extra care apartments should replace Bulmer House on Rams Hill.
With an emergency call out service, they would be managed by the developer with care allocated as needed.
In 1999 Mr McNair Scott and three others founded Urban Renaissance (UR), which worked in the retirement market. At one of its developments, Bramshott Place, Liphook, homes and apartments offer care and an emergency call out service.
UR also lists Maudsley Park in Warwickshire, which has permission for 179 extra care units, in its portfolio. In 2002 the UR directors resigned; Mr McNair Scott is now chairman of Helical Bar, UR’s parent company. Fellow UR founders Michael Slade and Gerald Kaye are directors at Helical, an investment company, which also lists Bramshott Place and Maudsley Park as assets.
UR, the county council and two companies it has signed an extra care provision deal with, are clients of Extracare Solutions, a new company specialising in extra care schemes
In a statement Cllr McNair Scott said: “I have always fully complied with HCC’s requirements in relation to the declaration of interests, which you have acknowledged. The company of which my husband is chairman, Helical Bar, was active in the area of retirement villages, through a subsidiary, Urban Renaissance.
“My husband ceased to be a UR director when Helical Bar sold its stake in the company.
“HCC does not contract with UR, which operates in a different market from the affordable extra care that HCC is commissioning. I believe, and am also advised, that this has absolutely no impact on my decision making over the future of the care homes following the consultation.”
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