BREAKING: Care home saved from closure

Cllr Clare Neill visits Iris Hinds, 79, at Beechcroft Care Home, West Hallam.
Cllr Clare Neill visits Iris Hinds, 79, at Beechcroft Care Home, West Hallam.
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A West Hallam care home, which was set to be bulldozed to make way for apartments for elderly folk, has been saved.

The news is set to be welcomed by the residents of Beechcroft and their families who feared that moving out of the home could have had a serious affect on their health.

Cllr Clare Neill, new cabinet member for adult care on Derbyshire County Council, vowed last month to save at least some of the county’s care home facing the axe from closure.

The closure plans were put in place by the previous Conservative administration.

She said: “What I want to do is ensure there is a good mix of suitable accommodation, care and support for older people, offering people a choice, no matter what their care needs.

“After considering the plan at Beechcroft it was clear that it was not suitable for the proposed development and I was delighted to be able to tell residents, relatives and staff that I would be recommending to Cabinet that it stays open.

“Over the coming weeks and months we will be looking closely at all the plans with a view to trying to keep at least some of our care homes open.”