Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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The campaigners and their supporters have called on Health Minister Edwin Poots to ensure the Pinewood Residential Care Home remains open.
In April the minister admitted that the handling of proposed closures of facilities was a fiasco and halted plans to close homes.
However, despite his assurances some remain sceptical over the future of the north Antrim home.
Joan McKibbin's 93-year-old mother is a resident.
She said: "The home's future looks bleak at this moment in time.
"It's difficult to watch people who have been there on respite and want to stay being told they have to look for alternative accommodation because the rooms are there and they are empty.
"Why send them somewhere else out of the area?"
Margaret Wallace's 103-year-old mother Agnes Dickey is also a resident at Pinewood.
She told UTV: "People in Ballymena are fully behind us.
"People have been stopping me in the street and asking if I have the petition on me and they have signed it."
North Antrim DUP MLA Paul Frew, on Tuesday, handed the petition to the Assembly speaker who will pass it on to the Health Minister.
Presenting the petition, Mr Frew told the house: "I have heard nothing throughout the debates over the past number of months to suggest that Pinewood Residential Care Home should close.
"It is inevitable that residential care homes will close as buildings grow tired and old, but Pinewood Residential Care Home in Ballymena is not one of those homes.
The excellent facility that it is and the service that it provides to the people of the area mean that it should not be closed in the near or distant future.
Paul Frew MLA
He added: "I am certainly not of the mind that Pinewood should close. Pinewood should be enhanced.
"Shame on the trust, because, for the past five years, it has wound the facility down.
"It has prevented people from moving into Pinewood. It has wound it down deliberately so that it would be easier to close at a future date; that is totally and utterly unacceptable.
"I call on the trust to reverse that trend and open the doors of Pinewood to let people in for residential care, rehabilitation and respite.
"Pinewood can be a real value to the community as it is, and it could be an even greater facility to the people of north Antrim."
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