Residents must find new homes after county council decides to close much loved Melton care home

Catherine Dalley House on Scalford Road is to close in March EMN-151119-145851001

Catherine Dalley House on Scalford Road is to close in March EMN-151119-145851001

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Leicestershire County Council is to close Melton’s Catherine Dalley House by the end of March despite strong opposition from the public and care home staff.

About two thirds of people who responded to County Hall’s public consultation were opposed to the closure of the Scalford Road home.

But council bosses said the building needed about £140,000 of ‘immediate building works’ plus an additional £175,000 over the next two to five years to meet regulations.

They said the building wasn’t fit for purpose in the longer term and its ongoing maintenance costs would continue to increase due to its age.

But two thirds of the 81 people who responded to its consultation were against closing Catherine Dalley. They said the home had an excellent reputation and offered a very good service with skilled and experienced staff and that it should be retained as an asset and renovated so it could continue to provide services.

Many respondents also feared that moving residents would be bad for their health.

But now the nine current residents must find new homes after the council’s ruling Cabinet decided yesterday (Wednesday) to close Catherine Dalley at the end of March, subject to them all having been relocated.

Director of adults and communities Jon Wilson said residents and their families will receive dedicated support in order to find alternative suitable accommodation and care in the Melton area.

Dave Houseman, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “I’ve visited Catherine Dalley many times to meet the residents and staff. It’s fully acknowledged the staff deliver a high standard of care and have been very loyal throughout all the uncertainty over the last eight years.

“The home is becoming worn out, the room sizes restrict accessibility for those with complex needs and we can find appropriate alternative care places around Melton out of the 317 places in the area.

“Residents’ needs will be assessed prior to any move and no resident will be financially disadvantaged.”

County councillor for Melton north Pam Posnett said: “It’s sad to see Catherine Dalley close. It’s a much loved facility which has been in Melton for many years but now we need to move on and provide an extra care development which is needed in Melton.”

The council will save £146,000 per year in running costs by closing Catherine Dalley which was converted from a hunting lodge to a care home in 1957.