Leicester

Leicester City Council property sell-off includes care homes

Arbor House, Evington
Image caption Leicester City Council has said the homes are either underused or too expensive to maintain and run

Five buildings, including two former care homes, have been sold off by Leicester City Council for £3.27m.

The programme of care home closures prompted opposition from campaigners and a judicial review by one resident's family.

Also sold was the former Ek Awaaz youth Centre on Belgrave Road, a move which prompted protests last weekend.

The city council said the buildings were underused and the money would be reinvested in services elsewhere.

Nuffield House in Western Park sold for £1.42m and Elizabeth House, in New Parks, for £625,000 - both well above earlier estimates.

City economy

The council said they were bought by "nationally-established private care home providers", with a view to running them as care homes.

The former Douglas Bader day care centre in St Matthews sold for £837,000 to a local community organisation, Dawat-e-Islami.

The Belgrave Road property went for £382,000 and an empty house sold for £91,000. Another house failed to sell.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "This is part of an ongoing process of the city council selling its unused buildings so that we can reinvest the money in the city - including our schools, our elderly residents and the city's economy."

Two other care homes are due to close with four others being sold off as going concerns.

A council spokesman said there was no timetable for further sales but they would "continue to feed in relevant properties to these auctions when appropriate".

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