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Thousands Spent On Empty Care Home

Thursday August 8 2013


Thousands spent on empty care home Thousands spent on empty care home


TENS of thousands of pounds have been spent by the council on an empty care centre - though a bid to reopen it has fallen through.

Highfield Grange, off John Street, Wombwell, closed in March last year - with the council subsequently diverting people to three private care homes in Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe and Penistone.

Described by one former resident as 'the jewel in the crown' of Barnsley's social care, the centre was designed for short residential stays allowing people to receive care that would either prevent the need for them being admitted to hospital or to allow patients to leave hospital sooner.

But the building has been empty for 15 months, at a cost of £70,000 to the council in maintenance and security.

It was not demolished due to a third party making a bid on the property with the intention of reopening it as a care home. However, the bid has now fallen through and the site will again be put on the market with a £550,000 price tag.

Highfield Grange was jointly run by the council and NHS Barnsley and employed 34 council workers and 38 NHS staff. It was closed following a dispute between the two organisations over a £544,000 shortfall in its budget. Both denied reducing their financial contributions to the centre.

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Reply Posted by mustapha phag on Thursday August 8 2013 at 23:30
Barnsley council.
Money money money money money

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday August 9 2013 at 07:09
This building since it shut has had a roof repair where the kids had removed half a dozen roof tiles. And also the grass has been cut twice after many protest calls from old people looking onto the site. The lights are switched in 24/7 even though it is shuttered up with steel covers.

I would love to See the Electricty bill for electric use alone since it closed. I bet hey have left the heating on for the spiders.

Local councillors have been informed of residents concerns but appear to do nothing. Having said that they also supported its closure.

This was the jewel of the NHS for care if you was to visit the site you can not imagine the council even considering to shut it in the first place.

This building will probably be bulldozed its criminal and someone in authority should be held to account for this decision.

Surely the council or Private bussiness have a use for this 16 bedroom unit.

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Friday August 9 2013 at 09:06
Pure waste, no other way of saying it ,waste waste waste