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Deeside care home is earmarked for closure
CAMPAIGNERS battling to save a Basingstoke care home from closure have taken to the streets to drum up more support.
Members of the Save Deeside group collected signatures from supportive shoppers in Wote Street last Saturday.
The group was set up by friends and family of residents at Deeside, the Hampshire County Council-run care home in Alliston Way, South Ham, which has been earmarked for closure.
The county council argues that the £2.3million cost to bring the 48-year-old home up to modern standards is too expensive, and is currently consulting with residents and their families on the closure plan.
Among those signing the petition was Brian Hazeldine, of Abbey Road, Popley. He had not heard of the closure plan until he saw the campaigners.
The 69-year-old said: “I am a pensioner myself and I know that when you get older, you need somewhere with people who will look after you. It’s terrible that they are trying to close it down.”
Nikki Carrington, of Stukeley Road, Kings Furlong, also signed the petition.
The 29-year-old said: “I support institutions like Deeside because good care homes are really hard to come by so it would be good to keep it open.”
The group has collected more than 1,500 signatures so far and will submit their petition at the end of the 12-week consultation period, which ends in October.
Debbie Long, chairman of the Save Deeside group, said: “The petition has gone really well and members of the public have been supporting us.
“We are realistic and we know we are fighting the powers-that-be. But this is from the heart. We do not want this care home to close and theoretically the decision has not been made yet.”
Mrs Long, whose 75-year-old father John Bolton is a Deeside resident, said Councillor Anna McNair Scott, the executive member for adult social care who proposed the closure, has offered to publically receive the petition from the group, if they wish to hand it over in that way.
The plan to close Deeside could result in 40 job losses and the uprooting of 29 residents, some of whom have dementia.
The county council is also looking to close three other care homes in Romsey, Petersfield and Lyndhurst for similar reasons to the Deeside closure.
In the county’s plan, some Desside residents would be moved to Oakridge Care Home, which is being extended.
The county council is also looking to build a second “extra care” housing scheme in the town to complement the one at Newman Court, in Gershwin Road, Brighton Hill.
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