More time to have your say on proposed home closure

7 December 2017

People who want to give their views on a proposal to close a residential care home in Cotmanhay have been given more time to take part in the consultation.

We're extending our consultation into the proposal to close Hazelwood Home for Older People until Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Family, friends, residents, staff and local people will now have until then to give their comments and views.

We agreed in September to launch a 12-week consultation into the proposal to close the Skeavingtons Lane home due to the rising cost of repairs.

While good quality care is provided at the home, significant repairs and refurbishment are needed to improve it, estimated at almost £1.7m.

Income would also be lost during any temporary closure while the work takes place which could take up to two years to complete, potentially adding a further £489,000 to the bill.

The overall cost of the work means we are now considering closing the home where there are currently 25 elderly residents.

Our Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said nothing would be done without consulting fully with residents, their families and friends as well as with the local community, including GPs.

Councillor Wharmby said:

"I'm aware of the strength of feeling in the community and we'll listen carefully to what people are saying.

"We can't pre-empt the outcome of the consultation but I can assure the community that everyone's views will be taken into account before any decision is made. We welcome all comments and feedback and are extending the consultation period until Tuesday, January 2."

She added:

"The quality of care provided at Hazelwood is good but the building itself needs a lot of work to bring it up to the standard which we think people expect and deserve and which makes it fit for purpose for the longer term.

"Funding the work would take up a huge proportion of the budget available for work on all our homes."

Following the consultation, a report is due to be taken to Cabinet to consider.

It is likely the decision will be made on the future of Hazelwood by Cabinet in February 2018.

Take part in the consultation.