A campaign to save a council-run south Leeds care home from the axe has been launched.
The Siegen Manor care home, in Morley, is one of three homes for the elderly that are earmarked for closure by Leeds City Council due to budget pressures. A consultation is to be launched next year.
Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns has launched an online petition to save the home after hosting a meeting over the facility’s future.
She said: “The decision will ultimately be taken by the council’s executive board.
“That is why it is so important that residents of Morley are given an opportunity to express their views.
“I would encourage anyone concerned about the future of elderly care in the town to sign this petition and encourage others to do so.”
Coun Judith Elliott (Morley Borough Independents, Morley South) added: “The home must stay open until high quality extra care accommodation can be provided in Morley for these residents with them all moving together as a community.”
Last month Laura Denbigh, the granddaughter of an elderly resident at The Green, launched an online petition opposing Leeds City Council’s plans to close the Seacroft home.
She set up the petition, which has now been signed by more than 3,800 people, because she feels “it’s really important that we look after our older people as they looked after us”.
A council spokesman said: “The current model of delivering older people’s care in Leeds is unsustainable due to the budget pressures we are facing. We would emphasise that no decisions have been made and, before a decision is made, we are listening to and gathering the views of those who will be most directly affected.”
Visit andreajenkyns.co.uk to sign the online petition against the closure of Siegen Manor.