Future of closure-threatened care homes will be decided in April

Methodist minister Sue Peat chained herself to the gates of Newtown House, Stanhope

Methodist minister Sue Peat chained herself to the gates of Newtown House, Stanhope

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COUNCILLORS will decide the fate of five closure-threatened care homes next month (April), The Northern Echo has learned.

Durham County Council held a 12-week consultation on the future of the homes over the winter, but, in January, could not confirm when a decision would be taken.

Now the Echo has seen an internal document revealing the executive cabinet will take a vote at a meeting to be held at Crook Civic Centre on Wednesday, April 16, at 10am.

No recommendations from officials have yet emerged, but three options were on the table: repair, privatisation and closure.

The homes at risk are: Cheveley House, Belmont; Feryemount, Ferryhill; Grampian House, Peterlee; Mendip House, Chester-le-Street; and Newtown House, Stanhope.

They are home to dozens of elderly people.

Council chiefs facing cuts of £242m between 2010 and 2017 say all services must be reviewed.

But supporters have fought hard to save the homes, including a protest at Newtown House which saw Methodist minister Sue Peat chain herself to the gates.

There have also been several protests outside County Hall.

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10:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

rat man says...

Yes but Durham County Council need to save money so they can continue to subsidise loss making, non statutory services like Pest Control, even though such services are well provided for by the private sector.
Yes but Durham County Council need to save money so they can continue to subsidise loss making, non statutory services like Pest Control, even though such services are well provided for by the private sector. rat man
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