Final resident leaves Bristol home after legal action fails

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A 99-year-old resident of a West Country care home has become the last resident to leave following the failure of a legal action. Florence Hale had wanted to stay at the council owned residential home Woodcroft House, Knowle West, near Bristol, along with other residents, but the local authority insisted on re-housing her, saying the premises could be better used as a community service base. “There’s nothing more I can do,” Mrs Hale said. Residents had complained that they were pressured to leave. Legal moves failed when it was ruled that letters sent from Bristol City Council indicating that they could continue to live at the home were not binding. “It has been shocking,” said another resident. “The staff at the home have been wonderful but the powers that be have behaved very badly. I think we all knew the home would eventually close because numbers were dwindling, but they didn¹t have to cause all this upset and distress. It would have come to a natural end.” A council spokesman said no pressure had been

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