The Managing Director of Parklands Care Homes has vowed to appeal a decision by The Highland Council to reject its plan for a 40 bed care home in Fortrose.
Ron Taylor says that elderly people in Fortrose and Rosemarkie have been let down by local councillors after they voted to reject the planned £3.5 million care facility.
Parklands will now appeal the decision.
Mr Taylor said: “I am obviously disappointed by this decision but I am more disappointed for elderly people in Fortrose and Rosemarkie who now face an uncertain future, with virtually no care provision in an area with a growing elderly population.
“The Highland Council’s own report shows there was firm public support for the application, with 58 letters of support and 30 letters of objection. This mirrors the results of the Survation opinion poll which again showed strong public backing for the care home. It is disappointing that local councillors appear to have ignored the will of the people they are elected to represent.
“I am not prepared to walk away from Fortrose and will begin preparations to appeal this decision. We already have a waiting list for the proposed care home and have had strong expressions of interest from prospective employees. I am at a loss to understand how, in the midst of an elderly care crisis, local councillors are prepared to turn down a £3.5 million investment that would create 50 full time equivalent jobs and generate £1 million annually for the local economy.”