Care home at risk as council looks to save £21 million

CUTS CONCERN -- The Marlstones care home on Aldgate Close in Bulwell -- DISPIC NHUD12-0140-2.
CUTS CONCERN -- The Marlstones care home on Aldgate Close in Bulwell -- DISPIC NHUD12-0140-2.

A CARE home for pensioners in Bulwell is earmarked for closure as part of the latest wave of cost-cutting moves announced by Nottingham City Council.

The Marlstones, on Aldgate Close, is facing the axe but residents, who fear the upheaval this will cause, have been told they will be re-housed should the move be rubberstamped.

Closure of the venue would save the council £200,000 a year amid claims the home is outdated and not cost-effective.

The proposal is part of city council plans to save £21 million over the next year, which will also see council-tax bills rise for Bulwell households.

Marlstones provides a service for the over-65s who also have mental health needs.

The day centre has a capacity for 20 users, while the home overall has a capacity for 48 and currently has 38 residents.

Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We do not ideally want to get rid of elderly persons’ homes in this council, but we’re in a difficult position which the government is putting on us.”

Coun Chapman said that residents at The Marlstones should be able to move to the Cherry Trees home in Bestwood Park, which was extended in 2009.

He also added that Marlstones needs a refurbishment, which the council is not able to afford, but no date has been set yet for the home to be closed.

The council has said that customers will have full assessments and be given time to explore their options, including visits to other new homes.

Marlstones is not the only care centre earmarked for closure across Nottingham with the Willows Centre in Beechdale, which offers a rehabilitation service for the over-50s, also in the firing line.