Protesting over plans to close Leeds care home

Protesters making their voices heard outside the care home. PIC: Steve Riding
Protesters making their voices heard outside the care home. PIC: Steve Riding
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Campaigners and families have voiced their fears over plans to close a Leeds nursing home.

Manorfield House, in Horsforth, is one of eight care homes and four day centres that council bosses plan to close.

Leeds City Council claim the closures could save the authority around £800.000 a year.

Public consultation closed in June and anxious families are waiting to hear a final decision in two weeks.

They joined forces with their local MP Stuart Andrew and campaigners to protest against the plans to close the care home.

There are believed to be 21 permanent residents at Manorfield House.

The youngest is aged 75 and has lived there for nearly 20 years, she said, and the eldest, who is aged 102, has been there for nearly six.

Angry relative Julia Chapman said in a deputation presented to full council last month that it was “nothing other than a box-ticking exercise”.

She said: “Regardless of what has been said about this being a standard accountancy treatment it makes a mockery of the consultation process, suggests that it is nothing other than a box-ticking exercise and means that the democratic process is a farce.”

Local MP Stuart Andrew, who joined campaigners yesterday, said residents at Manorfield House and Musgrave Court, in nearby Pudsey, were concerned about their future.

The Conservative MP said: “The residents of Manorfield House and Musgrave Court, along with their families, are extremely anxious about the impending decision by Leeds City Council and the impact it will have on their future.

“That anxiety and distress is obvious by the strength of feeling displayed at this demonstration today and we all urge Leeds City Council to seriously consider the lack of alternative provision for the residents of Manorfield House if they decide to close it down and also the need for specialist dementia care across the whole city that Musgrave Court have been brilliantly providing.”

A council spokesman said: “We understand that older people and their families will feel anxious about the future of their care homes, and we’d like to assure them that the views of everyone who have contributed to the consultation has been listened to.

“All the points raised through the consultation process have been considered and as part of the evaluation exercise will inform recommendations.”

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