A FORMER hospital earmarked for “homes for life” for elderly county residents is becoming a target for anti-social behaviour.

Police are monitoring the former Herdmanflat Hospital site, which stretches to more than 5.5 hectares, after reports of groups of youths there.

Anti-social behaviour in and around the grounds of the former hospital, as well as at Neilson Park, was highlighted as a concern in a report to the town’s community council.

High-visibility foot patrols are being carried out at both sites, with community police officers joined by community wardens and outreach workers in monitoring the areas.

At the beginning of the year, East Lothian Council revealed it had agreed to purchase the former hospital site from NHS Lothian. Discussions between the two organisations have been ongoing for more than four years.

The council claims that the site “presents a unique opportunity for an innovative project that could deliver an integrated extra-care housing solution, with a range of tenure options and housing types”.