Two Northampton nursing homes will now close in eight weeks following council and an MP’s intervention

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Two residential nursing homes in Northampton could close in eight weeks’ time after health and council officers as well as an MP negotiated for the notice period to be extended by a further five weeks.

Redruth Nursing Home, in Upton, and Cedarwood Nursing Home, on Kettering Road, are likely to close after the company that owns them, Mapra Investments Ltd, went into administration last month.

It is believed that this extended notice period will allow Northamptonshire County Council teams, who have been working since last week to secure an extension, more time to find suitable new homes for the residents but it is unlikely to see a long term reprieve for the homes.

MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, said: “I heard about the closure of these homes last week just before the Easter weekend and was immediately very concerned. It is clear that a four week notice period is simply unacceptable, especially as many of the residents of these homes are particularly vulnerable.

“I have been working on this important matter behind the scenes and have spoken with a senior director at Santander [who finance Mapara Investments] personally. Following my intervention the bank have agreed to extend the notice period by at least another five weeks which I welcome.

“I will continue to work with the county council and others to ensure that the residents of these homes are treated in a dignified and appropriate way”

A county council spokeswoman said: “We’re pleased that our combined efforts have resulted in an an extension thta allows us more time to find the residents suitable alternative accommodation.”