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Mother continues fight for Derbyshire day centres – as public opposes closures

The mother of a woman with learning disabilities refuses to give up the fight against proposals to close eight Derbyshire adult day centres, as it is revealed the overwhelming majority of people consulted over the plans are against them.

Bolsover district councillor Sandra Peake picked up the gauntlet when she heard Carter Lane Day Centre, in Shirebrook, which her daughter Donna has attended for more than 30 years, faced closure along with seven other Derbyshire County Council (DCC) adult care facilities.

The newly-released results of a public consultation over the closure proposals show 81 per cent of the 696 respondents disagreed with them, while only 12 per cent were in favour and seven per cent were neutral.

Councillor Peake has already collected more than 400 names on an online petition against the closure of all three council-run facilities in Bolsover district, and was at Langwith Show at the weekend with fellow district councillor Steve Fritchley, to collect more.

She said: “We had a really good response from local people and we are continuing our fight against these cuts which will have a devastating impact on the people who use them and their families who often rely on this respite.

“Once again DCC are making cuts to services you pay for through the Council Tax they receive and it is not on! 

“The more people that sign our petition the better and we will have a stronger case against the closures, as once they have gone they will not be replaced.”

In June, the Local Democracy Reporting Service discovered four of the centres were already out of use prior to the end of the consultation period.

The council argues demand for the centres has decreased over recent years, claiming service users no longer want a ‘building-based service’.

To that end, the authority is proposing the use of Community Connectors to help them find employment and volunteering opportunities.

However, when asked as part of the consultation whether they agreed with the increased use of the Community Connector Service, 57 per cent of people said they didn’t, with only 24 per cent in favour and 18 per cent having no opinion either way.

The results of the consultation are due to be discussed in a meeting of the council’s Improvement and Scrutiny Committee for people tomorrow, September 7.

Cabinet is expected to make a decision over the proposals in a meeting on October 13.

To sign the petition against the proposals to close the Bolsover day centres, visit https://chng.it/7WGJdBDgWL

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