Council kicks out closure plan

NDET 15-1-13 RKH 3 Beechcroft nursing home.
NDET 15-1-13 RKH 3 Beechcroft nursing home.

The final seal of approval has been given to keep a West Hallam care home open.

Beechcroft in Nursery Avenue was one of a number of care homes across Derbyhsire threatened with closure and set to be replaced with a network of extra care apartments.

It was the first home to be reviewed by new member for adult care Cllr Clare Neill after Labour took control of the county council in May.

After she recommended it should stay open, the council’s cabinet has voted to keep it open last week.
But a number of other homes are still earmarked for closure, including Hazlewood in Cotmanhay and Ladycross in Sandiacre.

Cllr Neill said: “We are still carrying out our review of residential care and will be looking closely at all the plans.”

There was a long-running campaign to keep the home open by villager Gill Ferguson, whose mother is a resident.

Cabinet also agreed to halt plans for homes in Chesterfield and Shirebrook.