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Consultation launched on future of New Mills care home

Friday, November 19th, 2021 9:47am

By Christina Massey, Local Democracy Reporter @_ChrisMassey

Goyt Valley House in New Mills - one of the care homes which could potentially close.

A consultation into the future of seven care homes across Derbyshire has been launched, as the council proposes closing them instead of paying up to £27 million to carry out repairs on them.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed to run the consultation from Monday (November 22) until February 14 next year regarding the following council-owned properties –

  • Ladycross House, Sandiacre
  • Beechcroft, West Hallam
  • East Clune, Clowne (including East Clune Day Centre)
  • Holmlea, Tibshelf
  • The Spinney, Brimington
  • Goyt Valley House, New Mills
  • Gernon Manor, Bakewell

There was public outcry last year when the authority initially proposed closing the homes, saying in order to make them fit for purpose major repairs were needed, including replacing boilers, heating systems, refitting kitchens and bathrooms, roofing works and installing sprinkler systems.

The council gave the homes a stay of execution in June 2020, but announced earlier this month that the homes were once again under threat.

The authority has outlined three potential outcomes from the consultation process –

  • Close the homes for up to 40 weeks and spend £27m on repairs
  • Close the homes and move residents to other ‘local, suitable alternative provision’
  • Close the homes and move residents to ‘any available suitable alternative provision’

Councillor Natalie Hoy, cabinet member for adult care, said: “We will be keeping an open mind and if any other options are put forward during the consultation, including viable alternatives to put modern facilities on these sites, we will of course consider these.”

To find out more about the proposals and take part in the consultation, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/care-home-review

For more information or to request a paper copy of the questionnaire, email tell.adultcare@derbyshire.gov.uk or call by the Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Team on 01629 531307.

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