Wolston Grange care home could close if mineral quarrying goes ahead

A map of the potential sites
A map of the potential sites

A care home could be at risk of closure if plans to extract minerals from surrounding farmland go ahead.

Wolston Grange Care Home, in Wolston, near Rugby, falls under the revised Site 2 plans, one of the areas being considered for mineral extraction by Warwickshire County Council.

The community is rallying behind the care home and is urging the council to move the proposed boundary to prevent the loss of specialist beds and even closure of the care home.

Virginia Bowen, director of Pinnacle Care, which owns Wolston Grange Care Home, said the news about potential quarrying came as quite a shock.

“If the new Site 2 goes ahead as planned it could result in a minimum of eight very specialist beds being lost due to the close proximity of excavations,” she said.

“In addition, there would be a loss of jobs for highly trained staff, who at present perform a variety roles. This could ultimately culminate in the forfeiture of a very valuable dementia-care resource in Warwickshire, and deny local access to a service which is proven to be effective in helping support adults with dementia to live a meaningful and worthwhile life.”

Virginia said the team would do their utmost to ensure that the health and well­being of the residents was maintained.

She said: “I would like to reassure all residents, relatives, and staff that Pinnacle Care Ltd, together with local residents, will be rigorously opposing this application.

“We are suggesting that the county council revert back to the land originally earmarked for mineral extraction, which will not have such a negative impact on the Wolston Grange community and its environs.”

Wolston Grange specialises in dementia care and was rated ‘good’ in all five areas at its most recent Care Quality Commission inspection.

Residents of Wolston are asking the community to voice their concerns by emailing Tony Lyons, principal planning officer, at tontlyons@warwickshire.gov.uk and request that the Site 2 boundary line be retracted to its current position.

As reported in the Advertiser last week, residents of Bourton on Dunsmore and Draycote, near Rugby, are also fighting the mineral plans, stating that villages to the north and east of them will be blighted for years to come.

Plans for a protest campaign are underway and every household has been asked to contribute to recruit the services of a minerals planning expert. Using the slogan ‘Kill the quarry - not our villages’, a working party/action group is seeking support from nearby Frankton and will be spreading the campaign to involve other neighbouring communities.