Left to right: councillors Ian Huddlestone, Ruth George and Anne Clarke demonstrate against the closure of Goyt Valley House.

Local Tories on Derbyshire County Council have voted to close Goyt Valley House –
breaking an election pledge not to close any care home without a replacement.

At a special council meeting – called by Labour councillors – all but one Tory voted to close the much-loved care home, along with six others across the county.

Labour councillors Anne Clarke (New Mills & Hayfield) and Ruth George (Whaley Bridge & Blackbrook) condemned the move as heartless.

“Just a year ago the Tories said no care homes would close on their watch; but just a year on that’s exactly what they have done.

“They have not listened to the concerns expressed by residents in Goyt Valley House and their families; they have ignored the views of local people; they have ignored the specific needs of High Peak.

“They should be ashamed of themselves” said Anne and Ruth.

Read more in the latest Summer Rose for Hayfield and New Mills.

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