Primrose Hill campaigners attend full council meeting

Efforts to save Primrose Hill Care Home have stepped up a gear after campaigners addressed a full Leeds City council meeting in a bid to stop the council - owned care home from closure.

The purpose-built residential care home is one of six care homes across the city which is earmarked for closure by Leeds City Council, who need to save £59.4 million due to Government cuts.

On Monday, The Save Primrose Hill campaigners gave a five minute speech on the proposals at the meeting of 99 councillors at Leeds Civic Hall.

Mr Morton told the News this week: “More than 6,000 people have now petitioned, which is staggering.

“We are playing up to the final whistle and if things don’t go the way we want them to go following this, we will continue to fight.”

Addressing the meeting on Monday, Mr Morton said raised a number of concerns had been raised.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Moreton said: “It will be more than a travesty to democracy if councillors fail to support the wealth of public opinion. Although the consultation closed on June 3rd, this is far from over as far as public opinion is concerned. Some 1,000 more petition signatures and letters have been collected since May 22.

Lead campaigner David Morton, whose 96-year-old father-in-law Arthur Ellis is a resident at the home, said he wanted the campaign to be kept in the public domain. More than 6,185 signatures in a petition against the closure.

A Save Primrose Hill Facebook page has also attracted a number of comments, Mr Morton said. A decision is likely to be made in early September over the future of Primrose Hill. A consultation on Primrose Hill ran for 12 weeks earlier this year.