Going, going gone, sold to…….what is going on at Apthorp?
Staff and vulnerable residents were told they would have to leave Apthorp by the 31 October 2021.
First, we were told it was closing because the building was unsafe, and the Council could not afford it.
Then we found out that they were carrying on with the refurbishment and that it might be re-opening.
Then we discovered that the Council does not own the property. It belongs to Catalyst Housing. We asked why the Council were spending money on a property they do not own.
There are 93 care workers at risk of the sack and if Apthorp is closed, however if it is re-opening, we want to be able to work with the employer to prevent loyal care workers from being sacked.
Barnet asked the following questions:
- What is reason for the building workers on this property?
- Are you re-opening Apthorp as a:
- Residential & day care setting
- Nursing, Residential, day care setting
- Extra care and day care setting
- A mixture of all the above
- Selling it off to the private sector
- Selling it off to a property developer for housing?
- Why is Barnet Council spending money on a property they don’t own?
No responses to the above.
Last week we found out that a Gerald Eve estate agent was on site at Apthorp Lodge carrying out an evaluation of the building on behalf of Catalyst Housing.
We have asked what is going on.
- Why are Catalyst seeking a valuation?
- Why are Barnet Council paying for refurbishment of a property which they don’t own?
- Why have Barnet Council not sought costs from Catalyst Housing for allowing it to fall into disrepair and putting the safety of residents at risk.
It appears there is millions for contractors but nothing for care workers who risked their lives during the Covid pandemic.
You can view our care workers latest video message here https://youtu.be/mUcnJbFuFX8
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