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17 July 2012, 16:00
People can now comment on plans to close two care homes in Peterborough.
Peterborough City Council announced last week proposals to shut Greenwood House and Welland House, the final two remaining council-run care homes in the city, claiming they have limited living space and small bedrooms.
However the plans are being fiercely opposed by a number of people who currently live in the homes, their families and representatives of the Unite Union.
A consultation into the potential closure of the homes has now started, however Peterborough City Council says it "welcomes any alternative views or proposals."
Terry Rich, Executive Director of Adult Social Care at Peterborough City Council, said: "Consultation is now underway with all those directly affected.
Work will now begin to arrange one to one consultation meetings with residents and their families or advocates to look at the options that might be suitable and available for individuals should the council decide to close the homes.
This will be led by professional social work staff who are experienced at supporting older people and their families through change.
Following a meeting with trade unions and staff representatives last week the formal consultation around the implications for staff has also begun.
All comments or proposals made during the consultation will be considered and understood prior to the final report being presented to Cabinet in the autumn."