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New purpose for Huddersfield care home revealed amid asylum housing rumours

All residents have moved to new homes

All residents living at a former Huddersfield care home have now found new accommodation as the future purpose of the building has been revealed.

Back in February, the directors of Valley View Care Home in Fenay Bridge, Huddersfield, declared that the operation was “no longer financially viable” and gave residents just four weeks’ notice to make alternative living arrangements. This caused a great deal of upset for residents and their families, with local councillors also vocal about the plans.

The home was ultimately forced to extend the notice period after it came to light that 12 weeks were required. Now, it has been announced that all 46 residents have “safely transitioned” to alternative care settings and the “majority” of staff members have found new jobs.

Kirklees Council has also revealed how the building will be used in the near future, putting down rumours swirling around social media that the site would be used to house asylum seekers.

An email to councillors states: “The majority of staff including two senior managers have also moved to the two homes where most of the residents are now based – White Rose and Southfield Court. This is great news as it will ensure continuity of care by familiar faces which is reassuring for residents and their families. The owners are now in the process of working with the CQC to decommission the home.

“We have been advised that the new owners of the building, Exemplar HealthCare, will be refurbishing the site into a complex nursing care facility.”

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