Fo­cus is re­newed in Hollins View cam­paign

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

AGROUP’S re­newed cam­paign to keep respite ser­vices at Hollins View gath­ered mo­men­tum at its lat­est meet­ing.

Fol­low­ing a coun­cil u-turn, Cheshire East pledged to keep the ser­vice at the Macclesfield care home, on Clarke Ter­race, and Crewe’s Lin­coln House un­til De­cem­ber 2015. But cam­paign­ers have now stepped up ef­forts to se­cure the long term fu­ture of the home and the ser­vices it of­fers.

The coun­cil had planned to scrap it and in­stead pro­vide respite care only in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor – pri­vately and through vol­un­tary ser­vices.

The cam­paign group is now writ­ing to health or­gan­i­sa­tions and the coun­cil’s own scru­tiny com­mit­tee to ask about their in­volve­ment in fu­ture plans for so­cial care and the de­ci­sions made about the fu­ture of Hollins View.

Its mem­bers are also writ­ing to the prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates in Cheshire East, as well as Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley, ask­ing if they would sup­port the pro­vi­sion of respite at the home in 2016 and be­yond.

Cam­paigner Mor­ven Sower­butts said: “We man­aged to save the home for a year, but now we need to know that vul­ner­a­ble adults will still be able to get good qual­ity lo­cal care be­yond De­cem­ber 2015.

“We are still very determined to get the best de­ci­sion pos­si­ble – which is of course keep­ing care ser­vices at Hollins View.

“We be­lieve that lo­cal and public ser­vices should be pre­served for the good of the com­mu­nity.

“We have writ­ten to Cheshire East’s Health and Well­be­ing Board, ask­ing whether it should have been in­volved more in the de­ci­sions about care ser­vices in Macclesfield and at Hollins View.

“We are also writ­ing to all the par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates. We are not let­ting them sit on the fence, they must take a view about whether they would keep this life­line ser­vice go­ing.”

The group is also plan­ning to join forces with cam­paign­ers in Crewe who are fight­ing to en­sure the sur­vival of respite care at Lin­coln House.

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