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Haltwhistle promised more care for the elderly as Greenholme closes

After the Northumberland county council finally admitted that the Haltwhistle elderly people’s home at Greenholme is to close it has been revealed that £3.7 million is to be injected into another scheme to build 35 one and two bedroomed “extra care homes” in the centre of the town. The controversial decision to close Greenholme has caused much anger in Haltwhistle with 27 members of staff taking voluntary redundancy out of the 28 who worked at the home.

Many people are wondering how and why the council decided to close Greenholme, which has seen residents shipped out to other establishments over the last few months, when they have in fact agreed to inject a further £3.7 million into elderly care in the town. The home itself has been there for many years and was in fact a focal part of the town’s care for the elderly system.

The council has been very secretive in its approach to the closure of Greenholme and was only finally forced to admit closure last week. However, this was possibly one of the worst kept secrets in the region with those in and around Haltwhistle well aware that slowly but surely Greenholme was being wound down and residents were being moved out.

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