Day centre to close despite backlash

ANGRY -- Coun John Knight (right) has slammed the day-care decision
ANGRY -- Coun John Knight (right) has slammed the day-care decision

BOSSES at Notts County Council have rubberstamped a decision to close a vital day centre for adults with learning disabilities in Hucknall — despite an angry backlash from a leading councillor.

As reported in last week’s Dispatch, Spring Street Day centre is to be axed as part of the county council’s drive to slash its budgets.

It and several others is being replaced by 13 revamped multi-pupose centres, the closest of which to Hucknall is in Sutton-in-Ashfield

The transfer is expected to be completed by the end of next year and transport would be provided.

The new ‘super centre’ would cater for a range of people, including the elderly, those with mental and physical disabilities and those with mental health problems.

But during a debate at County Hall, Ashfield District Council’s leader, Coun John Knight (Lab), who formerly represented Hucknall, slammed the decision to put people who have different care needs in one place. He said it was akin to people being treated like “battery chickens”.

His thoughts are echoed by care-worker Judith Storey MBE, whose 44-year-old son Philip uses Spring Street.

In last week’s Dispatch, she described the ‘wonderful service’ the centre provides for its 30 users — and questioned how the centre could cater for people with such different conditions.

In a vote, 38 county councillors backed the day-care proposales, 17 were against and one abstained.

Meanwhile, Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), of Hucknall, who is lead member for adult social care and health at County Hall, reiterated that the council aims to provide a better service under the system.