Care home closures spark anger in Gloucestershire

Posted on 31 March 2011

More than 2,600 people have signed a petition against the closure of eight care homes in South Gloucestershire, which could have a positive effect on people choosing a care home in the region in future.

Alexandra Way in Thornbury, Wapley Court, Woodleaze and Frome House in Yate, Charlton House in Filton, Kerr House in Staple Hill, Newton House in Cadbury Heath and The Chase in Kingswood were all earmarked for closure by South Gloucestershire Council, the Gloucestershire Gazette reports.

Local people are particularly angry that new homes will not be built until two years after the old ones close.

"The 2,600 signatures on the petition ask the council to support our demands that no more existing homes are decommissioned until the two new homes, promised by 2014, are completed and ready for occupation," campaign leader John Williams told the newspaper.

It follows news that Spectrum Property Care has been enlisted by Bournemouth Housing Society for the Elderly to carry out £130,000 worth of repairs.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

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