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Ross-on-Wye care home will close due to rent increase

A care home in Herefordshire is to close because it can no longer afford the rent charged by the county council.

The Chestnuts in Ross-on-Wye is home to 24 elderly people and has been run by volunteers as a non-profit charity association for 20 years.

The trustees have said the lease, due to expire in September, can only be renewed at more than double the rent.

The council said it had worked hard with the trustees to reach agreement and was saddened by the decision.

A statement from the council said it wanted to ensure that residents receive the care they need.

"Our social workers are working very closely with families and professionals to make sure the needs of all residents continue to be met.

"We will ensure that every care is taken to minimise disruption and make sure all transfers are as smooth and stress-free as possible."