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ROTHERHAM MBC HOME CLOSURE FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW

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Three residents of a Rotherham old people's home have won the right to a full high court review of plans to close i...
Three residents of a Rotherham old people's home have won the right to a full high court review of plans to close it down.

Cash-strapped Rotherham MBC is faced with having to save £2.2m on its social services budget, and in May this year earmarked the Chantry View home, St Bede's Road, Mesborough, for closure, the court heard yesterday.

If Chantry View and the Rolleston House old people's home in Maltby are closed, the council will save £350,000, but the price will be enforced relocation for their 52 elderly residents.

David Watkinson - counsel for Edith Hall, Selena Burke and Joseph Malloy who all want to stay at Chantry View - claims that residents were not properly consulted before the closure plans were finalised.

And, after a brief hearing, Mr Justice Laws declared that they had an 'arguable' case, opening the way for them to mount a full judicial review challenge to the council's decision.

In a written statement to the court Graham Hall - son of 85 year-old Edith Hall - says his mother has settled down well at Chantry View where she has been resident five years.

She had to move there from another old people's home and is extremely anxious that she should not be put through the distress of being moved again.

No date was set for the full judicial review hearing.

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