Ques­tions hang over Hollins View

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

COUN­CIL bosses are re­fus­ing to an­swer ques­tions on how respite care ser­vices would be run if Hollins View is closed.

The Ex­press this week pub­lishes the 10 big ques­tions you want an­swered af­ter coun­cil lead­ers voted to close the Mac­cles­field care cen­tre.

The coun­cil’s op­po­si­tion Labour group have called in the de­ci­sion mean­ing plans to close the Clarke Ter­race Road care cen­tre at the end of the year are to be re­viewed.

Now coun­cil bosses say they can­not an­swer ‘de­tailed ques­tions’ about the fu­ture pro­vi­sion of residential respite care un­til the de­ci­sion is scru­ti­nised by a coun­cil com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil lead­ers want to pay for care through the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, in­clud­ing pri­vate care homes. Cam­paign­ers are fight­ing the plans, with se­ri­ous con­cerns about how peo­ple will ac­cess care if the home closes.

Mor­ven Sower­butts, from the Hands off Hollins View cam­paign group, said: “There are lots of unan­swered ques­tions. It’s all very well say­ing respite care will be pro­vided else­where, but we want to know where and how much will fam­i­lies have to pay. It’s our ex­pe­ri­ence that there just are not the beds.”

The Ex­press’s list of ques­tions were sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil on July 13 but the au­thor­ity has re­fused to give re­sponses.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion was due to be signed off by full Coun­cil last Thurs­day, be­fore it was called in by the Labour group.

A Cheshire East spokesman con­firmed the au­thor­ity has now ac­cepted the call-in which will be ex­am­ined by the Health and Adult So­cial Care Over­view and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee on Fri­day, Au­gust 7.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Un­til out­stand­ing mat­ters are con­sid­ered by over­view and scru­tiny, the Coun­cil is not able to an­swer de­tailed ques- tions about the pro­vi­sion of residential carer respite in the Bor­ough over and above those that we have al­ready ad­dressed in media state­ments and re­ports to Cab­i­net.”

●● Cam­paign­ers from Mac­cles­field at­tended the meet­ing to protest against the clo­sure

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