End of road for care home

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A MOTHERWELL care home has been demolished after North Lanarkshire Council made the decision not to spend money modernising the facility.

Admissions for Leslie House Care Home for Older People in the town’s Merry Street ceased last year as reported in the Times after the local authority’s housing and social work services committee agreed the design and fabric of the building was ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

At the time the decision to not accept any new applications for the 40-room home came under fire from the opposition SNP group who said it would impact on the most vulnerable members of the community.

During the September 2010 full council meeting, the SNP attempted to save Leslie House and another residential care home in Cumbernauld but were defeated 35 votes to 17.

Remaining residents in the home have been rehoused while a new integrated day service building will be built on the land.

Demolition of Leslie House followed that of another Motherwell landmark, Glencairn Tower, earlier in the month.

For more pictures, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, December 8.