Fears over care home axe plans

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Concerned residents have slammed “disgraceful” plans to axe an old people’s home.

Derbyshire County Council has agreed to close Derwent House, in Ulverston Road, Newbold, and replace it with up to 50 “state-of-the-art” apartments for older people on the same site.

Council chiefs have defended the controversial proposals which could see the home shut within six months and the 31 residents move to alternative accommodation.

But critic Kerry Churcher, of Dunston, said: “Why should these people be kicked out of their own home?

“Some have lived there for more than a decade, they know all of the brilliant staff and they have made great friends with other residents.

“Some will be too frail to cope with the emotional stress of this change - the odds are not in their favour.”

Emily Barrie said the plans were “disgraceful”.

She added: “What happened to respecting your elders and looking after them in their latter days?

“The council should be ashamed.”

Cllr Charles Jones, cabinet member for adult care at the county council, said: “We understand this is an anxious time for residents at Derwent House and their families and we will do everything we can to make their moves to alternative homes as smooth as possible.”

The new development would be subject to planning permission and an application will be submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council. The decision follows a 12-week consultation with residents, relatives, staff and local people.