We call for Hollins View to stay open

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THE Ex­press is to­day call­ing on the coun­cil to keep open Hollins View care home.

As the con­sul­ta­tion into the fu­ture of this much­needed lo­cal fa­cil­ity draws to a close we are send­ing out a clear mes­sage: ‘Hands Off Hollins View’.

Two pe­ti­tions have been com­piled after pro­pos­als were put for­ward to trans­fer all de­men­tia respite care to the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor – mean­ing it would be pro­vided pri­vately and through vol­un­tary ser­vices.

Those changes mean that the fu­ture of ser­vices that Hollins View pro­vides is un­der threat.

Op­po­nents of the pro­pos­als gath­ered out­side the town hall on Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 7) to show the depth of feel­ing against the plans.

Labour group mem­bers say they have col­lected a pe­ti­tion of around 1,500 sig­na­tures call­ing for the care home to stay open. A sec­ond pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Se­nior Voice, a com­mu­nity group which rep­re­sents el­derly peo­ple in Mac­cles­field, has also been signed by more than 500 peo­ple.

Jean Ben­nett, whose 95-year-old fa­ther uses the respite ser­vice at the care home, said: “Dad has just spent two weeks in Hollins View while I was away and had a great time, and said he would hap­pily stay there longer.

“The ser­vice is great and he is very well looked after.

“If the coun­cil closes this fa­cil­ity then it would be a mas­sive blow for the com­mu­nity.”

A six-week coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion into the pro­pos­als ends to­day (Wed­nes­day 8). Coun Laura Jeuda, Labour group spokesper­son for Health and Well­be­ing, has also cam­paigned against the pro­pos­als. She said: “There is al­ready a short­age of care beds in Mac­cles­field and the po­ten­tial clo­sure of Hollins View could re­sult in peo­ple hav­ing to travel out of the area or have no help at all.

“It is amaz­ing how many peo­ple have signed the pe­ti­tion, and that amount of support sim­ply can­not be ig­nored.”

Coun­cil­lor Janet Clowes, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult and so­cial care, said the coun­cil had only re­ceived one pe­ti­tion of 54 names to date.

She added: “There is no doubt that, like our­selves, peo­ple care a great deal about this is­sue which is ev­i­dent by the high level of in­for­ma­tion that has been gath­ered in the course of the cur­rent con­sul­ta­tion, which is due to end shortly.

“Over the course of the next few weeks, we will eval­u­ate this in­for­ma­tion care­fully and de­velop a ro­bust strat­egy to en­sure that respite care ser­vices not only con­tinue to pro­vide for all those who cur­rently have as­sessed need, but pro­vide the ex­tra ca­pac­ity re­quired to en­sure that the higher lev­els of need pre­dicted for the fu­ture can also be met.

“Un­til such times as th­ese re­sults are prop­erly an­a­lysed, all ser­vices will con­tinue to op­er­ate as nor­mal.” ●● TELL us your views: email us at mac­cles­field­ex­press@ men­media.co.uk or join in the de­bate on Face­book by search­ing for Mac­cles­field Ex­press.

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