United in fight for Leeds OAP home

Knowle Manor Care Home.
Knowle Manor Care Home.
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RIVAL politicians are fighting for the same cause – to save a Leeds care home from the axe.

Knowle Manor Care Home in Tennyson Terrace, Morley, has been running since 1965 and presently has 25 residents, most of whom are in their 90s.

But the home is one of nine homes and day centres on a Leeds City Council hit list for closure as part of a shake-up of adult social care.

Opposition to the proposal is now mounting, with local councillors pledging to do all they can to keep the home open.

Morley Borough Independent councillors have branded the possible closure of Knowle Manor as a “scandal”.

And newly-elected Labour councillor Neil Dawson has pledged to lobby his own party leaders – currently in control of Leeds City Council – on the issue.

To further the cause, a rally is to be held on Morley Town Hall steps on June 11, at 11am.

Morley town councillor Terry Grayshon said the home could close by next March.

He said: “The closure programme is a scandal. Rehoming old people who are in their 90s is ridiculous. One resident is 102 years old and they do not want to be moving home at this age.

“We are doing all we can to support the residents and staff and will not entertain the idea of this home closing.”

City councillor for Morley Dawson met with residents and managers yesterday and added: “They are all very upset at the announcement and it is a real blow for Morley.

“I will do everything I can to ensure it stays as an old persons’ home and will lobby the council to that end.”

Letters have been sent out to all users of the home’s services to explain how the council is now beginning the second stage of its consultation, which focuses on the council’s 19 residential care homes and 16 day centres.

Under the proposals, Siegen Manor Residential Home on Wesley Street could remain open.

Coun Dawson said it was vital that as many people as possible came forward to give their vies.

In its most recent inspection, Knowle Manor received an Excellent rating from the adult social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.

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