Primrose Hill care home consultation to end

wet  Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners.  (130225M3d)
wet Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners. (130225M3d)

Campaigners fighting to save Boston Spa’s Primrose Hill have vowed to carry on until the very last moment.

A consultation by Leeds City Council- which has put forward plans to close the care home, along with five others across the city due to Government cuts, will end on Monday June 3.

But campaigners say they will carry on fighting until a decision is made in September.

Last week they handed over 5,292 petition signatures and letters calling for the care facility to be saved.

Supporters from all over the Wetherby area, including town, parish, city councillors, doctors and MPs, as well as residents’ relatives as far away as Australia have backed a community bid to save the 33-bed Primrose care home.

David Morton, campaign group spokesman, whose 96-year-old father-in-law Arthur Ellis is a resident at the home, said: “We want to keep this campaign going right up until the final whistle.

“The problem is fundamentally that these old people will be evicted from their home.

“It won’t just affect residents lives, but families too.

“When you have 5,292 signatures and letters objecting, and rising every day, the council has to listen to that. 5,292 people are wanting answers and the council has not done that.”

Mr Morton said questions had still not been answered as to where residents of the home will be moved to if the closure plans go ahead.

Since plans for the proposed closure of the care home were announced, campaigners have voiced fears over how such elderly residents - the majority of which are over 90- would deal with the effects of such a move.

In a statement to the News after the meeting last week, a council spokesman said: “We met with representatives from the Primrose Hill campaign group last week, where we listened to all they had to say and received a comprehensive submission opposing the proposal for closure.

“A further meeting is to be arranged. The consultation on proposals regarding the future of eight residential care homes and four day centres ends on 3 June. All the feedback that we have received from residents, families and carers, and other stakeholders will then be processed during the summer.

“This will be used to inform final recommendations to be presented to the council’s executive board in September when a final decision will be made.”

Turn to this week’s letter page for more on Primrose Hill care home.