AN older people’s home, which was closed following a controversial shake-up of adult care services in Leeds, is to be demolished to stop the building being targeted by vandals and arsonists.
As reported in the YEP last year, Fairview in Seacroft was axed alongside three other homes - Amberton Court in Gipton, Burley Willows in Burley and Musgrave Court in Pudsey - as Leeds council bosses try to save £4m annually.
Seventy-six OAPs were rehoused as a result of the restructuring.
Fairview closed on December 18.
A report just signed off by council officers says the empty building is surplus to requirements, and leaving it as it is means it is a potential target.
It authorises £160,000 of funding to pay for the demolition of the building.
“The unoccupied building is at risk of break-ins, theft, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and arson attack,” the report says.
“Demolition is the preferred option.
“[It is] the most economical way forward in light of the risks involved by leaving it as a void property.”
The two-storey facility was built in the 1970s specifically for use as a care home.
After the demolition process is completed, the site will be levelled.
The land will still be managed by the council’ asset management department, and will remain on the authority’s list of assets.
The YEP reported last year that the overhaul of adult social care was brought about by a need for the city to find savings of around £47 million in the next three years
The council says it also needs to meet the needs of an ageing population, whilst not spending unnecessarily on outdated facilities which “offer excellent care...but are not going to meet the needs of future generations”.