Campaign to save Morley care home steps up

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The campaign to save Siegen Manor from closure took to the streets at the weekend when councillors set up a street stall to collect signatures on a petition opposing closure.

The Older Persons Home is part of a consultation process run by Leeds City Council with closure the only option being put forward.

Coun Judith Elliott said: “We set up our street stall outside Morley Town Hall on Saturday and got a lot of support from residents with the campaign to keep Siegen Manor open until better extra care accommodation is available in the Morley area.

“New Council Tax rules mean Leeds City Council can raise a further £5 million to support Adult Social Care from a levy on Council Tax and we believe some of this money should be used to keep Siegen Manor open.”

Despite the cold weather councillors collected hundreds of signatures which they will add to a petition opposing closure that is being supported by local MP Andrea Jenkyns.

The aim is to deliver over 1,000 signatures opposing the closure of Siegen Manor to Social Service chiefs in Leeds.

Coun Elliott added: “We think there are better options than the closure of Siegen Manor and this alternative option is what we will be putting to Social Services officers before any final decision is reached.”

Andrea Jenkyns MP hosted a meeting about the future of the Siegen Manor Care Home and Day Centre at the end of last year and is supporting the petition.

She said that number of people, many with family members living at or attending Siegen Manor contacted her to express their fears about the council’s plans. Family members are concerned that there is a lack of alternative local accommodation for residents and a lack of clarity on when a final decision is likely to be reached.