MP calls on Minister to condemn closure plans

Boston Spa Gala Save Primrose Hill tent, featuring Coun Gerald Wilkinson, Alec Shelbrooke MP and Save Primrose Hill campaigner Irene Taylor. (S)

Boston Spa Gala Save Primrose Hill tent, featuring Coun Gerald Wilkinson, Alec Shelbrooke MP and Save Primrose Hill campaigner Irene Taylor. (S)

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Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke has this week written to the Minister of State for Health asking him to condemn the proposals put forward by Leeds City Council to close Primrose Care Home in Boston Spa.

Mr Shelbrooke described the idea of closing Primrose Hill as “utterly incomprehensible”.

Local residents and families established a campaign group to Save Primrose Hill and with the support of local Councillor Gerald Wilkinson have collected over 6,000 signatures in protest to Council proposals.

Highlighting the situation facing residents at Primrose Hill, Mr Shelbrooke has written, jointly with campaign organiser David Morton, to the Minister of State for Care, Norman Lamb MP describing Leeds City Council’s approach as “politically motivated and short-sighted”.

Mr Shelbrooke told the News: “Outsiders seem to think the Wetherby area is lined with gold; that people can afford expensive care home fees and that we don’t need a local authority home in the area.

“Primrose Hill is a valued facility and the Labour administration on Leeds Council is completely wrong to suggest closing the home.

“Local residents, councillors and I will continue to work for a positive outcome and hope the Council change their minds”.

Campaigner David Morton welcomed the backing for the campaign led by himself and other relatives of residents under threat of eviction due to closure.

“Our local MP, Alec Shelbrooke, is keenly supporting the Campaign, and was out and about at the village gala supporting our campaign.

“Following on the support received at Boston Spa Gala, more support was offered at Collingham Gala.”