AN MP described a new care home in Brampton as ‘exactly what the village needs’ as he performed the official opening ceremony on Friday.

The 66-bed Sid Bailey care home on the site of the village’s former fire station and Deane MP John Healey said he had kept a close eye on its construction, having visited the sute several times in the last year since planning appropval was granted.

He said: “This home is a wonderful facility that is creating jobs for local people and is making excellent use of a site that had been left derelict since the fire station closure. It is exactly what Brampton needs.”

Around 60 jobs are being created at the home which makes use of eco-friendly technology such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

Home manager Sue Ravenhall said “The home is industry leading in every way, from the bespoke individual centred care to the design of the building.

“The brand-new building has been designed to include everything residents need to live a busy and comfortable life, from accessible sensory gardens to spacious en-suite wet rooms, and even a hair salon on site.

“The home has been thoughtfully and tastefully decorated throughout, so the residents can feel truly at home.”

Sid Bailey Care Home is part of the Danforth Care Home Group and also includes amenities such as a cinema, library, coffee shops, sensory garden and an on-site beauty and hair salon.