Council shuts Gosport care home

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AN ‘unsuitable’ care home in Gosport has been closed by Hampshire County Council.

Councillors ignored protesters to push through plans to shut Addenbrooke Care Home, in Willis Road, at a meeting in Winchester yesterday.

The decision follows a three-month consultation with staff, residents and the public.

Addenbrooke has 10 residents and 31 members of staff.

The council said the home – along with one in Winchester and another in Fleet – is not suitable for the county’s growing elderly population.

Unison has described the council’s plans as ‘privatisation by the back door’.

But Councillor Felicity Hindson, who is charge of adult social care in Hampshire, said the homes had ‘significant problems’ and the buildings were unsuitable.

She said: ‘Although we could have spent £4.5m on basic maintenance for the three homes, it would have needed a considerably larger investment to bring them up to modern standards.

‘I fully understand how unsettling and worrying this has been for the residents, their families and staff.

‘No home will close until all the residents are completely happy with their new accommodation.’