Protest outside council offices to save Derbyshire care homes - including one in Shirebrook
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Save Our Care Homes campaigners gathered outside the authority’s headquarters in Matlock to oppose the proposal to close the homes, which it claims need £27 million of repairs.
A successful campaign last year saw the council shelve its proposal to close the homes, including Holmlea care home, Waverley Street, Tibshelf.
However, the renewed threat has prompted public outcry yet again.
Mick Coppin, care campaigner and GMB Midland and East Coast Trade Union organiser, said: “Is this Groundhog Day?
“This put hundreds of jobs at risk, as well as putting at risk a much-loved and well-used public service from communities up and down the county.
“These plans were rightly scrapped after local people and care home workers spoke out.”
A petition has been set up rejecting ‘the option of closure’ on the seven care homes which are currently under threat and urges the council to ‘step-back from the implied threat to the other 16 care homes, which are owned and run by the council’.
The other 16 include New Bassett House care home, Park Avenue, Shirebrook, and Rowthorne care home, Rowthorne Avenue, Swanwick
Once the petition reaches 7,500 signatures the matter can be taken before full council for debate.
Emma Roberts, regional organiser for trade union Unison’s Derbyshire branch, said: “There are some campaigns that you run because you think it’s the right thing to do and there are campaigns like this one where you really need to get involved.
“I would encourage residents to get behind the petition and the staff and call on the council to protect staff right now.
“They shouldn’t wait.”
To sign the petition, visit bit.ly/SaveOurCareHomes
Coun Ed Fordham, Liberal Democrat leader for Derbyshire, who is fighting to save the care homes, previously said: “I’m not fighting for the seven, I’m fighting for all 23.
“I don’t believe the seven are at risk, I think they are gone in the eyes of the Conservative administration – seven is just the start.”