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MEN­TAL health care fa­cil­ity plans unan­i­mously ap­proved. The for­mer Oswaldtwistle Clinic at 119 Union Road will be used by up to nine women (web­site October 18)

Ju­dith Ad­di­son: If you had all seen the ‘ac­cess state­ment’ on the case file I think you would have agreed with me that it was a poorly pre­sented doc­u­ment - brief, vague and not even typed on a com­pany let­ter head­ing. A phrase like “for peo­ple with var­ied men­tal health is­sues” is not in­for­ma­tive enough for me. Just be­fore the plan­ning of­fi­cer was due to pre­pare his re­port for com­mit­tee he con­tacted the ap­pli­cant and agent for fur­ther spe­cific in­for­ma­tion. He asked ques­tions - “What care and/or sup­port will be pro­vided to res­i­dents of the home?” “How will res­i­dents be man­aged?” “Will there be 24 hour on site su­per­vi­sion or will it be lim­ited to day care if at all?” “Pro­vi­sion/su­per­vi­sion of med­i­ca­tion?” etc. From th­ese ques­tions it was as­cer­tained that the res­i­dents would all be fe­male, that they would have in­di­vid­ual care plans pre­pared by ap­pro­pri­ate pro­fes­sion­als, that there would be 24 hour su­per­vi­sion, that med­i­ca­tion would be ad­min­is­tered in a con­trolled way by suit­ably trained per­son­nel and that there would never be any res­i­dents who had been “sec­tioned” un­der the Men­tal Health Acts. I com­mented at the meet­ing that if this in­for­ma­tion had been supplied in the first place, it would have largely al­layed the fears of res­i­dents. As a lo­cal coun­cil­lor I make no apol­ogy for voic­ing the con­cerns of res­i­dents. It is up to ap­pli­cants to give full in­for­ma­tion in the first place - this would save a lot of mis­un­der­stand­ing and heartache. Ex­actly the same sit­u­a­tion is oc­cur­ring with two ap­pli­ca­tions for ho­tels/guest houses (one in Ac­cring­ton, one in Clay­ton) to be con­verted into “sup­ported liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion”. Res­i­dents have writ­ten in ex­press­ing con­cerns. In or­der to ad­dress th­ese and to pro­vide a clearer pic­ture of the pur­pose of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties, the plan­ning of­fi­cer deal­ing with th­ese ap­pli­ca­tions has had to re­quest from the ap­pli­cant/agent an “agent’s con­fir­ma­tion of po­ten­tial res­i­dents’ back­grounds” and to post th­ese on the two case files. Ap­pli­cants could re­duce “op­po­si­tion” to their pro­pos­als by pro­vid­ing more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion in the first place. Lynn Maguire: It is needed.

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley “shocked and sad­dened” at death of Academy star Jor­dan Mose­ley (Web­site October 18) Chris­tine Lin­gard: How very sad. Con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends. RIP. Jan­ice Thomp­son: That’s so sad con­do­lences our thoughts are with fam­ily and friends. Chris­tine Raw­cliffe: How sad. Send­ing my sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily, may he rest in peace. Jim Moore: Thoughts and prayers to his fam­ily, god bless. Bryon Taylor: That’s so sad. Karen Al­lan: How very sad. RIP. Jean Rio Alder­son: Bless you young man. Linda Rees: So so sad. Love to his fam­ily. Melissa Fisher: Truly heart­break­ing. Anne Ellwood: Very sad. Prayers to his fam­ily.

COUPLE’S out­rage af­ter coun­cil re­moves dec­o­ra­tive stones from baby daugh­ter’s grave. Ac­cring­ton ceme­tery staff re­moved the memo­rial to Ni­amh Ellen McDonald on health and safety grounds (October 17) Matt Taylor: You can ar­gue about the health and safety con­cerns all day but surely the im­por­tant is­sue here is that the fam­ily were not con­sulted prior to its re­moval. I would feel ex­actly the same way. The plot is a pri­vate space and is a con­nec­tion be­tween the fam­ily and their lost loved ones. Louise Grimshaw: Th­ese peo­ple have lost the most pre­cious gift in life and the coun­cil come along and do this! Joanne L Bury: Ab­so­lute non­sense what harm can a few stones do. Katy Joyce: It would have made more sense if they’d have spoke to you firstly - and given you the op­tion to fence them in. So in­sen­si­tive.

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