Council cabinet votes to axe care home

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SHEFFIELD Council has ordered the closure of a care home resulting in the loss of 31 jobs and leaving residents to find somewhere else to live.

The authority’s ruling cabinet unanimously approved the closure of Newton Grange, at Stocksbridge, despite the facility being described by Coun Mary Lea, cabinet member for health, care and independent living, as ‘a very good care home.’

The closure is part of a shake-up of sheltered housing in Stocksbridge also involving two other homes in the Sheffield suburb.

Newton Grange, off Manchester Road, which provides 23 permanent and seven respite beds, will be knocked down and replaced with 50 one and two bedroom flats for elderly people.

Sweeney House will also close due to its poor condition.

However, Balfour House will remain open and undergo a dramatic £1.2 million refurbishment.