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Changes to be made to two borough day centres

Plans have been put forward to close one day centre in the borough and open another - used by people with learning disabilities - to the whole of the community

Solihull Council
Solihull Council

Plans have been put forward to close one day centre in the borough and open another - used by people with learning disabilities - to the whole of the community.

Solihull Council is set to consult with users on plans to shut the Bacons End Day Centre in Chelmlsey Wood and make changes to Park View Day Centre in Tudor Grange Park.

Bacons End, which is also attended by adults with learning disabilities, would be replaced with ‘community hubs’ across the borough, while Park View would incorporate its own ‘hub’ while also being accessible to those without a learning disability.

A report, which was due to be presented at the council’s health and wellbeing committee, stressed the closure of Bacons End would not happen until alternative provision was in place.

But Councillor David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst and Fordbridge) raised concerns over the standards of the replacement services.

“It concerns me that a lot of these local services for local people are being taken away and I would be questioning whether the level and quality of service would remain the same when this facility is replaced. It does appear to me to be another example of cost cutting measures.”

Coun Chris Williams (Green, Chelmsley Wood) said he understands Bacons End is outdated and in need of modernisation but said he has concerns for people living in the north of the borough and whether they will be able to continue to access services as easily.

Do you use either of these day centres? What is your view on the changes? Email annette.belcher@trinitymirror.com

 

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