Durham County Council has proposed the closure of five care homes in Co Durham. It will consult with members of the public on whether to retain and make improvements to the homes; close them and move residents to other accommodation; or try to find other organisations to take over the homes.
- Cheveley House, in Belmont
- Feryemount, in Ferryhill
- Grampian House, in Peterlee
- Mendip House, in Chester-le-Street
- Newtown House, in Stanhope
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