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Lynton care home residents take to streets with banners to fight closure

By NDJDuncan  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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The mayor of Lynton has said the closure of a residential home would be “horrific” following a demonstration in the town.

Lydiate Lodge residents and locals protested outside Lynton and Lynmouth town hall with banners yesterday.

Devon County Council has proposed the closure of the majority of its residential and day care centres and is currently in public consultation on the matter.

One of the banners said: “Councillors not supporting Lydiate Lodge, shame on you.”

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Matthew Pearce, whose partner works at the home, said: “The residents haven’t really had their say so we organised a protest at the town hall.”

Mr Pearce said it was unclear whether the home had the support of Lynton and Lynmouth town council.

“We wanted to show the council that we’re people and we’re here,” he said.

“We just feel we’re being left out and not supported by our local council.”

But he said he was hopeful the facility could be saved.

He said: “The residents couldn’t survive without Lydiate Lodge.

“Where else could they go?”

Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth Suzette Hibbert said she was sorry to hear some people thought the town council was not behind Lydiate Lodge.

She said: “Of course we are supporting them.

“I’ve been to all the consultations and said my piece - what more can I do?”

Mrs Hibbert said the home’s closure would be “a disaster”, adding: “We’d be desperately short of beds in Lynton.

“We’re aware it’s difficult to make these smaller places pay but the last thing we want to is see it close - that would be horrific.”

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