A DECISION to sell the site of an old people's home has been slammed.
Lib-Dem Kirklees councillor Dennis Hullock is also furious that a plan to build a home for old people with mental illness had been scrapped.
The Tory leaders of Kirklees Council say Ashworth Court in Dewsbury is one of four sites being sold after decisions to close old people's homes.
They will be put on the market, to be developed by the independent sector on condition that they provide social care facilities for older people.
Clr Hullock said: "The Lib-Dems on the council wanted to make sure that older people with mental illness get a first-class council-run facility where families could be confident of high-quality care for their relatives.
"We went through difficult times to fight for this.
"We set money aside to pay for it and now the site is being sold off to the highest bidder, with no assurances about care for older people with mental illness."
Council leader Clr Robert Light said: "We are committed to the provision of high-quality care services for our older people.
"We aim to make sure we find the best developer and social care provider available to deliver our high expectations."