NORTH Yorkshire Council says Neville House home for elderly people in Gargrave - earmarked for 'alternative social care' is 'being made safe' after closing following the last residents being moved out in October.

A decision to close the home was made in June this year after councillors agreed it was no longer fit for purpose and that it would be preferable to build an 'extra-care' facility off Eshton Road, Gargrave.

It was later revealed at a meeting of Gargrave Parish Council that the building in Neville Crescent could be redeveloped as assisted living accommodation for working age adults - of which there is a shortage in Craven. In addition to the care home, there is also a pair of semi-detached houses on the site.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for health and adult services, Cllr Michael Harrison, said: “With the last of our Neville House residents having moved out in October, the building is now being made safe.

“Once complete, work will get underway to develop alternative social care provision on the site.”

Earlier this year, the council held a public consultation in the village asking residents about is plan for an Extra-Care facility in the village, and is currently going through the comments.