Local politicians have welcomed the forthcoming consultation on the Northern Trust’s proposals to keep Clonmore House care home open and to allow it to start accepting new residents.
The Health and Social Care Board approved the proposals for further consultation at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 19.
The home had been under intermittent threat of possible closure for the past six years.
Welcoming the news, Alliance councillor Billy Webb stated: “I am delighted by this and would encourage people to get behind Clonmore House. There is a need for it in the Rathcoole area and I would urge people to positively respond to the consultation.
“When the residents thought it might close they were frightened as it’s their home and they were under threat of eviction.”
DUP Councillor Billy de Courcy added: “This has been a stressful time for the old people living under threat of closure for whom the facility is a home from home. A lot of people from Rathcoole work there and it would be a disaster if it closed. I would urge the public to respond positively to the consultation.”
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Thomas Hogg commented: “There has been a real sense of relief in the local community that this consultation document recommends securing the future of this facility and it could again be able to admit new residents. I have no doubt that the local community will again rally round this facility during the consultation period and show their support. This recommendation is a vote of confidence in the facility and the staff.”
A Northern Trust spokesperson told The Times that the consultation period is likely to begin this summer.