Peterborough City Council has confirmed that
formal consultation into the possible closure of Greenwood House
and Welland House care homes will commence today (Tuesday 17 July
council Leader Councillor Marco Cereste made a commitment at
the Council meeting last week to look at the scope of the
consultation on which he said he would take legal advice.
That advice has now been given and whilst
there remains the proposal to close the care homes, the Cabinet
reiterates that it welcomes any alternative views or proposals as
part of the consultation and all suggestions will be given proper
and detailed consideration before any final decision is made on the
future of these homes.
Terry Rich, Executive Director of Adult Social
Care, said: "Consultation is now underway with all those directly
affected. Work will now begin to arrange one to one consultation
meetings with residents and their families or advocates to look at
the options that might be suitable and available for individuals
should the council decide to close the homes. This will be led by
professional social work staff who are experienced at supporting
older people and their families through change.
"Following a meeting with trade unions and
staff representatives last week the formal consultation around the
implications for staff has also begun.
"All comments or proposals made during the
consultation will be considered and understood prior to the final
report being presented to Cabinet in the autumn."