Hollins View is off the agenda

Macclesfield Express - - LOOKING BACK - KAREN BRIT­TON

AVOTE on whether to stop respite care at Hollins View has been dropped from this week’s coun­cil agenda – buy­ing more time for cam­paign­ers.

The rec­om­men­da­tion to stop respite care at the care home was due to be ap­proved by Cheshire East’s full coun­cil to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

It fol­lows the rec­om­men­da­tion by Cab­i­net on June 30 to close the cen­tre from De­cem­ber 31 along with Lin­coln House in Crewe.

Un­der the plans respite care for suf­fer­ers of de­men­tia and long ter­mill­ness would in­stead be pro­vided by the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, in­clud­ing pri­vate care homes.

But the is­sue is no longer listed on the agenda for to­mor­row’s coun­cil meet­ing.

It comes af­ter Labour coun­cil­lors ‘called in’ the Cab­i­net de­ci­sion, mean­ing they chal­lenge the de­ci­sion and want the Health and Adult So­cial Care Over­view and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee scru­tiny com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine it again.

Cam­paign­ers say they have se­ri­ous con­cerns over how care would be pro­vided if the care home closes.

Coun Labour Janet Jack­son, coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field Cen­tral, said: “We hope it means the de­ci­sion is go­ing back to the rel­e­vant scru­tiny com­mit­tee. The clo­sure of the homes would mean there would be no respite beds for peo­ple for short term care, to help give car­ers a break. Cheshire East be­lieves the pri­vate sec­tor can pro­vide the care but it can’t, the beds just aren’t there.”

Hollins View pro­vides respite care for frail and vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients with de­men­tia and long-term ill­nesses to give them valu­able time away and their fam­i­lies and car­ers a break.

Cam­paign group Hands off Hollins View met again this week and has writ­ten to all Cheshire East coun­cil­lors to ask for their sup­port. They have asked for an­swers on the num­ber of respite beds that would be avail­able in Mac­cles­field, the cost of the care and how much peo­ple will have to pay to top-up the fees, as well as de­tails of the qual­ity of care and train­ing.

Mor­ven Sower­butts, from the group, said: “Hollins View is not on the agenda for the full coun­cil meet­ing but we will still at­tend to raise is­sues around the prin­ci­ples of the de­ci­sion and the way it has been made. Hollins View is a vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vice which needs pro­tect­ing and we will con­tinue our fight.”

Cheshire East Coun­cil would not con­firm why the item is no longer on the agenda.

A spokesman said: “Cheshire East Coun­cil can con­firm that a re­quest has been re­ceived to callin the res­o­lu­tion passed at the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net meet­ing in re­spect of Hollins View and fu­ture respite care pro­vi­sion in the Bor­ough.

“No fur­ther de­ci­sion has been reached re­gard­ing this mat­ter at this stage.” ●● OUR nos­tal­gia col­umn brings you fas­ci­nat­ing pic­tures taken in Mac­cles­field in days gone by.

We have teamed up with Mac­cles­field Li­brary and Cheshire Ar­chives and Lo­cal Stud­ies to share more old pho­to­graphs from the ar­chives and will be fea­tur­ing im­ages each week.

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Ex­plore old books, maps and news­pa­pers at Mac­cles­field Li­brary, Jor­dan­gate, SK10 1EE, or visit ar­chives.cheshire. gov.uk.

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