Council agrees to close Keswick care home

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The council said the closure of the home would allow for the development of alternative services

A care home which was evacuated during floods in Cumbria is to close.

The 22 residents were moved from Ravensfield in Keswick last November as floods brought chaos to the county.

Cumbria County Council's cabinet agreed the move to close the centre was the "safest, most sensible option".

The council said the site was at flood risk and the building was not to a modern standard. It said there was other, better alternative care accommodation in Keswick.

It also stated that demand for residential care was predicted to fall.

The council said the charity Age UK agreed the infrastructure at Ravensfield was not suitable to care for the level of mental and physical frailty of service users.

'No sense'

The care home will become a part of the council's property management plan. The council said, in the first instance, it would look to sell the property.

It said this would allow the development of alternative services in the community.

Councillor James Airey said: "We've taken this decision in the overriding public interest. Our main priority is to protect the lives of vulnerable people and also deliver the right standard of care.

"To reopen an old home which would be more than half empty, is situated on a flood plain and doesn't meet modern requirements would not make sense."

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