A CARE home has had to step up its security after a member of the public hoping to attend a parish council meeting was allowed to access the building without question.
It was revealed to Castle Gresley Parish Council, that the public were able to access Castle Court care home, in Linton Road, Castle Gresley, freely before a previous meeting the month before as its main doors were wide open.
Normally, all visitors must ring a bell for access and then sign a visitors’ book.
As a result, councillors now wear badges. The meeting room has also been moved nearer the main doors so the public has no need to walk through the care home.
A member of the public at the meeting on Thursday, said: “I was absolutely fuming. I walked round the care home without question and wasn’t stopped once.
“The main doors were wide open. There was a youth in front of me and a man behind me. I don’t know where they went but I walked round the home.”
Janice Pallet, parish council chairman, said: “As a result of that, we are now wearing these badges saying we are a member of the council and will also give names of people who we know will be attending to management.”
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We take security very seriously so the door to the home is opened either with an access code or if a buzzer is operated by staff.
“We were advised a member of the public had unfortunately found the door open on this occasion so we have taken steps to make sure nothing like this happens in future.
“Following discussion with Castle Gresley Parish Council the meetings are now held in a room nearer the main entrance to the home, so councillors and members of the public can go straight to their designated area.
“And all councillors will wear identification clearly showing who they are.
“Our staff let in councillors and members of the public at the most recent meeting so they were aware of where people were at all times.”