NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Temporary Reprieve For Day Care Centre
day centre for elderly people in Coventry that is earmarked for
closure has been given a temporary stay of execution.
cabinet member responsible for social services has agreed to go
and talk to users of the services at Samuel Hayward House in Bell
Kevin Maton has also ordered independent consultation to be
carried out after a petition with 480 signatures was collected
centre is being closed because of over-capacity in day care
centres in the city. Social services bosses want to save the money
on these to provide other ways of caring for people in the city.
Maton said the closure was necessary as the council was funding
1,500 places in the city, but only caring for 1,010 people.
said the consultation would not be a “veto”, but said there
would be room for manoeuvre. It is to be carried out independently
to avoid accusations of loaded questions.
our thinking is flawed or there’s information we haven’t
considered then that’s an opportunity for me to look again at
what is being planned.”
consultation needs to talk to users about what they like in the
centre. We also want to say: ‘These are the options, what
would you like to see’.”
have said they like the “small cottagey feel” in the centre.
Cllr Maton said efforts would be made when finding other nearby
facilities to keep the group of people that meet – up to 12 each
day – together.
to the users is a small homely feel is seen from an inspection
point of view as something that isn’t adequate.
we keep the centre open there will need to be some capital
Dave Nellist, whose Socialist party has been leading the campaign
against the closure, said he was grateful at being invited to meet
the users with Cllr Maton and Bal Chauhan of the Social Services
welcome the decision to defer the closure of this centre.
would otherwise have been a particularly cruel Christmas present
for the old people of Bell Green and Wood End."
[02 NOV 00] CAMPAIGNERS
MUSTER TO SAVE DAY CENTRE