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.