AN MP today attacked public consultation over an old people's home as a `travesty'.
Shahid Malik called for a rethink over the decision to shut Ashwell Court home in his Dewsbury constituency.
He said: "The entire community is completely opposed to the loss of what is a wonderful, modern, well-equipped facility that was built just 20 years ago.
"To close it would be a disaster for those who live, work and socialise at Ashworth and comes as a huge blow for older people in Dewsbury."
Kirklees Council is set to replace the building with a £3.75m home for 40 people with mental illness.
Mr Malik said: "Kirklees were obliged to consult seven local stakeholder groups on the process.
"Six opposed closure.
"The seventh also opposed the closure, with the exception of one Lib-Dem councillor.
"The entire exercise seems a sham consultation and a clear abuse of the stakeholders involved."
Ashworth Court is closing in the final phase of a multi-million-pound social services shake-up.
The changes are aimed at providing more specialist care to help old people stay in their own homes.
Care homes which are shutting will close between the summer of this year and October next year.
They include The Homestead in Almondbury, Scissett Mount at Scissett, Cherry Tree Court in Shepley and Greenacres at Meltham.
Clr Dennis Hullock, the council Cabinet member for health and social services, said: "People want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible."