Last ditch bid to save Doncaster care homes

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Angry campaigners will take the fight to save the remaining Doncaster Council-run care homes to a crucial meeting ahead of a final decision being made.

A representative for what has been named the Caregate campaign will present their petition against the closure of seven council-run care homes, containing over 24,000 signatures, to councillors at a public council meeting.

Councillors will then be given a chance to debate the controversial plans at the meeting, which is due to take place at the Council Chamber from 2pm. 
The debate has been triggered due to the 13,500 signatures initially handed in by the Caregate group in April. The campaign group has enlisted the help of lawyers from Irwin Mitchell and is threatening to apply for a judicial review unless the council have a last-minute change of heart.

Campaigner Peter Sumner, of Cantley, says they intend to fight the proposed closure until their ‘last drop of blood’.

The 65-year-old added: “The people of Doncaster have spoken, it’s clear that people do not want this.

“We want them to know that they have crossed a line, and this isn’t something we are prepared to accept.”

“If the Mayor is arrogant enough to go ahead with this anyway we will fight it until our last drop of blood.”

Leaders insist options are still being examined, as part of an ongoing consultation process.

Joan Beck, Doncaster Council’s director of adult services, said: “No decisions have been made on the future of council-run care homes and day centres, as we modernise these service.

“We are evaluating the comments from the public consultation exercise and results will form a key element of the reports being considered by the Mayor and cabinet.”

A final decision on the fate of the council-run care homes will be made at a Cabinet meeting due to take place on Wednesday, June 25.