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At Risk of Closure: Gernon Manor Care Home

Following news reports that seven Derbyshire care homes, including Gernon Manor, are at risk of closure, the Town Council has expressed its concerns to Sarah Dines, MP for Derbyshire Dales;

"Dear Miss Dines,

Closure of Gernon Manor House Care Home

I write as instructed by members of Bakewell Town Council at a Full Council meeting held on Monday 20th January 2020, with reference to the above matter.

Over the past seven days there have been media reports stating that seven Derbyshire County Council care homes are being considered for closure, Gernon Manor House in Bakewell being one of the seven. More »

I know as our MP you will be aware of the rural nature of your constituency and how widespread the residents are located within the Derbyshire Dales. Gernon Manor House is a very precious resource which serves Bakewell and surrounding communities, providing care and employment for local people and therefore would be a significant loss to the local communities if closed. With a poor local transport infrastructure in this part of the Derbyshire Dales, relatives visiting Gernon Manor already have significant problems at times. This would be exasperated significantly if the residents of this care facility were moved to locations, likely outside the Derbyshire Dales, or much further away.

A lunchtime news bulletin featured on BBC East Midlands Today, on 21st January, covered some of the reasons for the proposed closures of care homes, this included, out of date electrical wiring, no en suite facilities, rooms that are too small and overall poor conditions of buildings, such as roofs. There is obviously a significant cost implication to the County Council regarding maintenance and upgrading and its members will be asked to make some budgetary decisions soon.

Bakewell Town Council strongly object to the proposed closure of a Gernon Manor House Care Home for the reasons given above and most importantly, for extreme hardship it will cause to the displaced residents of this important facility in this rural location.

You are asked to demand why such a closure needs to take place and if funding can be secured to ensure this facility remains open, especially as the Bakewell area has an evidenced above average ageing population.

I would be grateful if you could give this matter your urgent attention and update me with the results of your enquiries so that members and our community can be updated."

A petition, independent of the Town Council, seeking to stop the closure, has been started at:

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-stop-the-closure-of-gernon-manor » Less

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:24 by John Rowe

Community Litter Pick

DCllr Alasdair Sutton and DCllr Mark Wakeman are organising a Community Litter Pick at variousl locations around Bakewell on Sunday 19th January 2020 starting at Bakewell Pet Supplies at 9am, and continuing until dusk.

Volunteers are welcome to join the Litter Pick for as long or short a time as you can spare. All are welcome but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Mark Wakeman on 07970 326 971 for further details.

Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:02 by John Rowe

The Armed Forces Covenant

Bakewell Town Council has received the following communication from the Ministry of Defence and resolved to sign the Covenant at it's meeting to be held on Monday 16th December 2019.

"You may be aware of a campaign by the government to improve the understanding of and support for our Armed Forces. The campaign aims to develop and sustain mutually-beneficial relationships with communities, businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors in order to support the Armed Forces community. Raising awareness of these matters in local government is an important part of the campaign. More »

The foundation for relationships with the Armed Forces community is the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant isa means to develop a mutually-beneficial relationship with members of the Armed Forces community who work in your localities or access your services. It also provides an opportunity to recognise publicly the value that serving personnel, Regulars and Reserves, veterans and military families contribute to our country; details are on the Covenant website. Across the UK, almost 4500 organisations have signed the Covenant; 493 are in the East Midlands, including some Town and Parish Councils.

Those who have such a relationship with Defence gain access to a Defence 'menu of benefits': attract highly skilled military personnel, ex-Regulars or Reservists with core transferable skills such as IT, catering, driving, first aid and business and technical qualifications; gain access to recruitment platforms targeted at Service leavers and Service spouses, all with transferrable skill sets; have a positive impact to your Council's reputation and corporate social responsibility; get acknowledgment of your support through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme; gain access to free personal development training and leadership activities; receive discounted rates on versatile and affordable venues for hire across the UK.

All LAs at County, City, District and Borough level have signed the Covenant and we encourage Town and Parish Councils to do the same." » Less

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:51 by John Rowe