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Abbots care home safe until building assessment is complete

 Published on: 14th February 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Elderly residents in Abbots Langley who were given 30 days to find new accommodation have been saved until a full building assessment can take place. 

The Abbeyfield Society, who runs the Tannerswood care home on Greenways, has temporarily withdrawn its notice to allow residents to stay whilst inspections are carried out. 

On January 16, a letter was sent to residents which said they would have 30 days to vacate the building because it failed a fire safety inspection. 

An action group was set up by Ruth Gabriel alongside 15 other members to ensure the house remains special to Abbots Langley. 

Ruth Gabriel said: “We’re still awaiting the fire safety reports but were hoping Tannerswood is going to stay open. The Abbeyfield Society have taken over the running of the building and they will not close until we receive an outcome. We’re hoping there won’t be a lot wrong.” 

A fire risk assessment and asbestos checks have since been made and their results will be published in due course .

Alastair Mulvie, director of marketing and fundraising at The Abbeyfield Society said: “After discussions with Abbeyfield West Herts Society (AWH), it has been agreed that The Abbeyfield Society (TAS) will, effective immediately, take over operational management of Tannerswood on an interim basis.

“Our first decision has been to withdraw the notice of closure. We have commissioned a new survey by TAS building contractors who will assess the building’s fire safety and renovation needs, and extent and cost of any works required. A decision on the future of Tannerswood will be made once the detail of this new survey is known and will follow a detailed and full consultation period with the residents.”

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