New petition over care home plans

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A NEW petition has been launched as part of a campaign to save threatened care homes in the region.

Julie Cole, of Elmswell, has set up the online petition in an attempt to force Suffolk County Council to reconsider proposals to close or sell off its 16 care homes.

Her grandad lives at Davers Court in Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds, which is among six facilities being considered for early closure as well as Ixworth Court in Ixworth and Wade House in Stowmarket.

The move intensifies the battle to get the authority to reverse its plans as thousands of people have already signed petitions, issued by the trade union Unison.

Mrs Cole, 41, said: “It’s our opinion that Suffolk County Council have not considered all other means of saving money or generating revenue to subsidise the 16 care homes they currently have.

“For all the people of Suffolk who may need a care home funded by the council in the future - this is a monumental decision for the county council to take on their behalf.”

The options being considered by council bosses are to close the homes and commission services from the private sector, sell all the homes as going concerns or close six homes and sell off the others.

Other homes affected by the proposals include Glastonbury Court in Bury and Wamil Court in Mildenhall.

Mrs Cole’s dad Chris Sutton, who has signed the petition, said: “We feel the views and welfare of the vulnerable people in care have not been fully considered before this decision was taken.”

Cllr Colin Noble, portfolio holder for adult and community services, has previously said the authority is consulting with carers, relatives and staff before a final decision is made in March.

To sign the petition visit http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/save-suffolk-care-homes/519.