A PETITION has been launched to ask Lincolnshire County Council bosses to reconsider their plans to close Spalding’s Halmer Grange.
Rodney Sadd, whose father Ted spent time at the home for respite care, is collecting signatures in a plea to the county council to make a u-turn on the decision made three weeks ago.
Under county-wide plans for reforms in care, the home on grange Drive will be closed and its services picked up by the private and voluntary sectors.
“I feel very passionate about the county councils decision to close Halmer Grange,” said Mr Sadd.
“The quality of care the staff provide the elderly is given with pride and genuine care for the residents.
“My father was a temporary resident when my mother Nora passed away and he was very happy there. The staff still remember him after his passing.”
Mr Sadd, who lives in Carrington Road, Spalding, said he wanted to make a stand after reading how staff had broken a gagging order to hit out at the plans in last week’s Spalding Guardian.
He said: “This care centre must be one of the best in our area and I am sure public opinion will share my view that closure of such an asset is the wrong thing to do.
“Caring for our elderly who have paid into the system all their lives should be the priority of any council.
“If we cannot look after the elderly now what will it be like when we need the care in our twilight years.”
Mr Sadd will be in Spalding town centre on Saturday from noon collecting signatures.
However, the county council say they still intend to move forward with their plans.
Carolyn Kus, assistant director of adult social care, said: “After extensive consultation the decision has been made to close the home and we have to move forward to fit within our timeframe for the next stage.
“People can still make their views known but from our perspective we are moving forward on the decision. We will continue to work with groups and individuals during the next phase of this work.”