Auction of former Sheffield dementia care home Hurlfield View was ‘in error’

A former care home was accidentally put up for auction city councillors have confirmed.

Hurlfield View was put up for sale at auction in error and it was withdrawn shortly afterwards.

At a Sheffield City council meeting last night, Coun Cate McDonald said no decision has been made to sell Hurlfield View and the property was initially put up for sale “in error”.

Coun Steve Ayris said: “What I would like to know is who actually took the decision to put Hurlfield View up for auction. There must have been some kind decision either from officers of the council or by the cabinet or a cabinet member. So I’m quite disappointed that I didn’t get proper answers to the questions I raised.”

Sheffield Liberal Democrat councillors have demanded answers after new questions were raised about future plans for Hurlfield View.

It was the last dementia respite centre in Sheffield and the petition to save the care home had gained 5,400 signatures after it was closed in March.

Coun Ayris added: “We will continue to be asking questions about how dementia services are being provided, the progress with the people who have been relocated from Hurlfield. It seems to me that the council made an error of judgement in putting Hurlfield View up for auction.”

Auctioneers Mark Jenkinson and Son said it was withdrawn from auction around May or June.