CONCERNS have been raised over a new care home set to open on Hoylake's "Millionaires' Row" this summer.

Mental Health Care UK received permission in September last year to build the 12-bed home on Meols Drive.

But concerns have since been raised by ward councillors who now say the facility is not a suitable development, being so close to schools and families.

Councillor John Hale, ward member for Hoylake and Meols, told the Globe internet rumours suggest that the owners intend to use the property as a “hostel” for those with a history of violence and sexual offending - but MHC has stressed this is not the case.

“This property is situated in a well-populated Conservation Area with lots of young families residing nearby,” said Cllr Hale.

“In the same road there is a secondary school for girls and a separate residential school for children attended by both boys and girls.

“I believe that such a use as that which is rumoured to be the purpose would be completely wrong in such an area.

"My colleague Cllr Gerry Ellis and I would certainly oppose any application to grant planning permission for the rumoured intention.”

A spokesman for MCH refuted claims that those staying at the Meols Drive unit would be dangerous, adding that full planning permission for the service was sought and granted, with “no objections from the local community received.”

“Meols Drive Care Home with Nursing will offer residential nursing support for men who are affected by mild to moderate learning disabilities,” explained the spokesman.

“The service aims to help people learn skills which will help them live as independently as possible.

“This is a service which will help people acquire or re-learn skills.

"People living at the home will be those who because of their learning disability need on-going care and support to live in the community.”

"Residents will be given time and support to acquire the skills needed to live as independently as possible and play a full and active part within their community; being close to family and friends.”

More than 40 jobs will be created when the home opens in August and those living at Meols Drive will be supported by experienced and trained staff including nurses 24 hours a day.

A team of clinical professionals will thoroughly assess abilities and all potential risks to ensure it is the most appropriation place for each person to live.

The spokesman added: “We would be delighted to speak individually to any neighbours or councillors who may have questions about the service and are looking forward to being a positive part of the Meols Drive and wider Hoylake community.”