MP lodges complaint over Leeds sheltered housing closure letter gaffe

Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West MP.

Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West MP.

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A formal complaint has been made by a Leeds MP over Leeds City Council’s handling of the potential closure of a Bramhope sheltered housing complex.

Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West MP, has issued the complaint over the authority’s plans for the future of Bramhope’s Rosemont facility after a recent red tape gaffe.

The council announced it would conduct an internal investigation into how a letter was mistakenly sent to residents telling them Rosemont would close last month, days after they had been told a full consultation would take place over its future.

The authority has since met with residents and sought further independent advice to see whether its wishes to adapt Rosemont into self-contained flats could be made a reality.

Mr Mulholland said: “Now the entire review process must be halted until the complaint has been fully investigated and this process may involve the Local Government Ombudsman, so no decision on Rosemont’s future must happen until this is satisfactorily concluded.”

Despite announcing fresh talks with architects over plans to adapt Rosemont, the council says that advice so far indicates that turning it modern standard flats is not possible.

Coun Peter Gruen, the council’s lead member for neighbourhoods, said: “We want residents to be assured that we’ve explored all the options fully. So we’re commissioning an independent second opinion on adapting the building.”

The council said any complaints received go through its complaints procedure.

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