Yes to £200m care plan

PLANS to overhaul adult care in Derbyshire, which could see the closure of every county council-run care home, have been given initial backing by the council cabinet.

The £200m plan to replace Derbyshire County Council’s network of care homes with state-of-the-art apartments for hundreds of elderly residents is set to be the county’s biggest ever investment in adult care.

Hazelwood in Cotmanhay, Beechcroft in West Hallam and Ladycross in Sandiacre are among the first nine homes to be looked at either demolishing or selling off. Other homes, including Hillcrest in Kirk Hallam and Southlands in Long Eaton, will be looked at within the next five years.

But the authority has said that no decisions on whether or not to close individual homes will be made until full consultation has been carried out with everyone affected.

Cabinet member for adult care Cllr Charles Jones described the plans as offering five-star accommodation, care and support services for everyone in Derbyshire within five miles of where they live.