Relief as residents at two homes in Yeadon and Horsforth are told: You can stay (From Wharfedale Observer)
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Relief as residents at two homes in Yeadon and Horsforth are told: You can stay
8:50pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local news
Elderly people who faced losing their homes have been told they can stay.
Residents of two care homes in Yeadon and Horsforth faced uncertainty as Leeds City Council looked at changes.
The planned reorganisation suggested the closure of Manorfield House, Horsforth, and the conversion of Suffolk Court, Yeadon, to an intermediate care centre.
But after consultation the council has released an amended plan that says all residents will be able to stay in the homes.
In a move described by Conservative councillors as a U-turn, the proposals suggest the Horsforth home should stay open but take no new admissions.
Current residents will also be able to stay at Suffolk Court, with discussions to be held with the NHS about future conversion to an intermediate care centre.
The council said: “After detailed analysis of 754 responses and petitions signed by more than 13,700 people, the council’s original plans have been amended to address areas of greatest concern.”
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “We have said all along we would take account of the views we heard – and we have.”
Horsforth councillor Dawn Collins said: “I am extremely pleased to hear Manorfield House is to remain open for now. It is home for the people who live there, not just a council-run business. The threat to relocate everyone and close it has been deeply distressing.”
She added: “There is very little provision for the elderly in Horsforth and Rawdon. “Leeds City Council needs to now start making positive plans for the future and encourage more elderly care provision to move to our part of the city. “We need to be reassured that on the day Manorfield does eventually close there is something better in place in Horsforth.”
Councillor Paul Wadsworth, chairman of the North West Outer Area Committee, said: “This is good news for the people who live in Manorfield House.
“The council has listened to the many responses from people who were concerned.”
Stuart Andrew, MP for Horsforth and Aireborough, who, along with families and residents, has been campaigning to save Manorfield House, said: “I welcome the news Manorfield is to remain open and congratulate families of residents on a hard-fought campaign.
“However, as Manorfield will not be permitted to admit any new residents, this highlights again there are not sufficient alternatives and I look forward to seeing what Leeds City Council are planning to do.”
Otley and Yeadon councillor Sandy Lay said the development was a partial victory for families who campaigned to save Suffolk Court.
“In an ideal world I’d have liked to see Suffolk Court remain open and my old ward at Otley Hospital used as an intermediate care facility like the one at Seacroft Hospital,” he said.
“This decision will not stop me campaigning for the health and social-care providers in North West Leeds doing something with the closed ward at Wharfedale Hospital.”
Barbara Tattersley, from Suffolk Court Action Group, said: “We feel we have achieved the best outcome we could expect.”
She thanked Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland and councillors for their support.
Otley and Yeadon councillor Ryk Downes said: “I am very disappointed Leeds City Council is recommending the closure of Suffolk Court.
“At least the excellent campaign by relatives, friends and residents has led to a concession that no-one will be evicted.
“But I remain concerned that closing the admissions book will eventually lead to Suffolk Court being unviable for those who are left.”
Councillors will be asked to agree the new recommendations at a meeting on September 4.
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