Proposals for a care home to cater for the elderly in Queensferry took a giant step forward this week.
A 60-bedroomed care home/sheltered housing unit is being marketed at the Ferrymuir development.
The development, which already has planning permission in principle, is proposed for land next to Frankie and Benny’s restaurant and the Dakota Hotel and is being marketed by Edinburgh commercial property advisors Ryden.
Talks between Ferrymuir developer Evans, Ryden and the town’s community council have led to the care home scheme now being floated.
Queensferry already has sheltered accommodation at Shore Road but Keith Giblett, chairman of Queensferry Community Council, said: ‘‘The town is in dire need of a care home to cater for its ageing population.’’
Mr Giblett urged Almond Ward councillor Norman Work, the city council’s care champion, to help in the search for a possible client for the site.
He said: ‘‘We hope Councillor Work can use his influence within Edinburgh City Council to source a care home provider for site.’’
Councillor Work said: ‘‘I am very supportive of the fact Queensferry needs a care home and I plan to meet the council’s head of older people’s services to try and identify a care provider.’’