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Old folk out as home hit by closure crisis

THE sudden closure of an old folk's home in Clayton-le-Moors has been branded as "appalling'' by Hyndburn's MP Mr Greg Pope.

THE sudden closure of an old folk's home in Clayton-le-Moors has been branded as "appalling'' by Hyndburn's MP Mr Greg Pope.

After the families of eight residents at St David's House in Grange Street, were told the home was closing Lancashire County Council's Social Services had to step in swiftly to find the pensioners alternative accommodation.

According to a spokeswoman at the home, the problem arose when insurers refused to provide the business with cover.

St David's House, which has operated for 16 years, shut briefly in 2001 after subsidence was discovered in the Victorian building.

Speaking about the sudden closure this week, Mr Pope said: "It is clearly a source for great concern and an appalling situation when this happens to elderly and vulnerable members of the community. It is not right that they should have to be uprooted like this once they have moved into a home.''

He added: "I must say that on this occasion the social services people deserve a pat on the back because they moved in very quickly to ensure that the residents were found other places they could move into.''

One person who was faced with the task of leaving St David's House in a hurry was 84-year-old retired cook Mrs Hilda Hardman.

Her angry daughter Mrs Ruth Fryer, 55, of Edge End, Great Harwood, said: " Mum has all her mental faculties about her, but her physical condition is not good and she needs a lot of care and attention. There is a real issue of human rights here. My mother is a human being, not a piece of furniture to be carted around from one place to another.''

A spokeswoman for the National Care Standards Commission, said: "The home is in clear breach of regulations requiring at least three months notice if something like this is going to be done.''

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council added: "The important issue is to safeguard the welfare of all residents involved.''

The home's owner, Mrs Brenda Logan, was unavailable for comment.


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