Campaigners appeal care home decision

wet  Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners.  (130225M3e)
wet Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners. (130225M3e)

Campaigners who fought to keep open Primrose Hill Care Home have vowed to appeal the decision after Leeds City Council said they will accept no new admissions.

The council’s executive members decided last week that the Boston Spa home would stay open for current residents but would then close in a bid to save the council money.

The Save Primrose Hill campaign group will now appeal the decision which they say is “appalling” for current residents and for the future of elderly people in the area.

In a letter to the Wetherby News this week campaigners stated: “For the staff who for so long have dedicated themselves to looking after the residents, this is a devastating decision.

“For the families and relatives who visit regularly during every week, the prospect of long distance travelling by either bus or car does not bode well; costly, visiting time being reduced by extra travel time, huge disruption during winter bad weather and just the sheer effort as most sons and daughters of residents are well into their 60s and 70s.”

The group will now write to Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive Tom Riordon to request that the decision is withdrawn and that a “full and balanced review” is undertaken.

And the campaigners say they have a series of unanswered questions including when the residential home will close and where future residents will go.

Wetherby Mayor Alan Lamb said he would also be fighting the council decision.

In his Wetherby News column this week, Coun Lamb wrote: “I can tell you that we will not let this decision go ahead without a fight.

“My colleagues and I will be calling this decision in to a scrutiny enquiry with the intention of having it re-considered.

“We genuinely believe there is a far better solution that would be better for the taxpayers of Leeds, that would provide a care home which is much needed in our community for many years to come and would give current residents and their families deserved piece of mind and security for the remainder of their lives.”

A petition gathered more than 6,000 signatures.