Spalding’s Halmer Grange could be sold off

Boarded up: Halmer Grange in Grange Drive, Spalding.
Boarded up: Halmer Grange in Grange Drive, Spalding.
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SPALDING’S Halmer Grange care home could be put on the market within weeks unless another use is found for the building.

Bosses at Lincolnshire County Council say they are now considering whether it can be used for “any other means” after the last residents moved out little more than a week ago.

Half of the building has already been boarded up, despite staff still working inside to clear out remaining furnishings.

The council says the rest of the windows and doors will be covered in due course to keep the building secure.

The home, which has been described by the county council as “old and outdated”, was closed as part of a review of care services across Lincolnshire.

Terry Hawkins, interim assistant director for adult social care commissioning, said: “Staff have assisted with the final formalities of clearing the building itself.

“Many items and furnishings have gone to good use in other homes or taken by Age UK.

“Among security measures to keep the building safe is boarding of the windows, before we consider if it can be used by the authority for any other means.

“If not, it is likely to be put up for sale in the coming weeks.”

Mr Hawkins has also paid tribute to Halmer Grange’s staff, for the “excellent care” they have provided over the years.

The authority has said some staff have been made redundant, some were transferred under TUPE arrangements and others are in the process of applying for other county council jobs.

Mr Hawkins says some residents have gone to other homes, while others are using their personal council budgets to pay for day care and respite services.

He said providers of day care and residential care for short-term breaks had responded “very positively” by making services available to meet local needs.

Mr Hawkins added: “We have provided support and guidance to people to find the best alternative care for them and the majority have found services within South Holland.”