Final resident moves out of Netherbyres

The last resident has moved out of Netherbyres House and owners, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, say that the last of the staff will leave at the end of the month.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st November 2013, 2:00 pm

A spokesperson for Leonard Cheshire Disability said: “We are currently considering our future plans for the building and are continuing to work closely with all stakeholders including tenants, direct neighbours and the local authority.

“We started discussions with the tenants in spring this year as major works are needed to bring the property up to modern living standards.

“Three of the tenants have now moved to more suitable accommodation and we have supported them and their families throughout the changes.

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“The property remains occupied.”

Leonard Cheshire took over the property from the Gardeners Benevolent Society/Perennial seven years ago. However, earlier this year they made it clear that it is no longer economically viable to runs as it is - providing supported living for tenants.

The house was first gifted to the Gardeners Benevolent Society by Colonel Simon Furness in the 1980s.

The last tenant to vacate the premises is aged 103 and has moved into sheltered housing at Linkim Court, in Eyemouth.

He has been a regular visitor to Linkim Court - he would get a taxi from Netherbyres into the town to meet up with a friend for lunch once a week - and it was during one of these visits that the possibility of moving into Seton Care’s sheltered housing complex was considered as a possibility.

He had initially been looking at moving into Saltgreens residential care home in Eyemouth but despite his age, staff at Linkim Court were confident that with carers going in two or three times a day he could manage quite well in sheltered, rather than residential care, accommodation. And that seems to be the case.

Leonard Cheshire won’t confirm what the future holds for Netherbyres, but say: “Some staff are still there. They leave at the end of November and a caretaking role will remain.”