Cam­paign­ers re­new fight against clo­sure

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS have vowed to launch a new fight to save Hollins View.

Mem­bers of the group Hands off Hollins View, which was formed to fight off an ear­lier at­tempt to shut down respite ser­vices, said they were ‘sad­dened and con­cerned’ with the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als.

Cam­paign­ers were due to meet to­day (Wed­nes­day) to dis­cuss their next move and are hold­ing a street stall in Mar­ket Place on Satur­day to gather more sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion.

Laura Jeuda, ward coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field South who helped launch the cam­paign, said: “I’m very sad this has come af­ter car­ers were as­sured there would be a re­view and I’m not con­vinced there are enough places in the pri­vate sec­tor to re­place the beds at Hollins View. Car­ers will be let down and left with­out sup­port.”

When the coun­cil first an­nounced it wanted to close respite care ser­vices at Hollins View, res­i­dents jumped to ac­tion and have con­tin­ued to hold meet­ings since the coun­cil’s u-turn last De­cem­ber.

Mor­ven Sower­butts, of the group, said: “Giv­ing peo­ple lo­cal choice is not a bad thing but the re­al­ity is pri­vate sec­tor rates are more ex­pen­sive.

“Hollins View is part of the com­mu­nity and should re­main a public ser­vice.”

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