Hollins View care home will close
HOLLINS View care home will close in December after councillors upheld the decision to axe respite care.
Cheshire East Council’s health and adult social care scrutiny committee backed proposals to trans- fer the service to private care homes. The decision taken at a meeting on Friday came after impassioned pleas from carers and campaigners including Jack Spencer, 92, who spoke on behalf of 120 members at Macclesfield United Reformed Church, describing the care home as a ‘lifeline’.
Campaigners had hoped they had saved the home from closure last December after council bosses performed a u-turn on their previous plans to move respite service out of Hollins View following a Macclesfield Express campaign.
But in June the cabinet voted to end respite care at Hollins View and Lincoln House in Crewe at the end of December, claiming it would save £1.3m per year.
The Labour group challenged the decision which failed with the five Conservative councillors – committee chairman coun Joss Saunders, vice-chairman coun Liz Wardlaw, coun Rhoda Bailey, coun Beverley Dooley, who represents Macclesfield Central ward, and coun Gill Merry – voting to uphold proposals. Three councillors – coun Arthur Moran (Ind), coun Damian Bai- ley (Lab) and coun Laura Jeuda (Lab) voted against the proposal.
However, the committee did call for bi-annual reviews to monitor the decision.
Before the meeting the council came under fire for refusing to web-stream the discussions for those who couldn’t attend.
Speaking after the meeting Morven Sowerbutts, a member of the campaign group to keep Hollins View open, said: “We are disappointed. We hoped the scrutiny committee would be non-party political but in our view didn’t performs its function.”
Coun Jeuda said: “The decision is obviously deeply disappointing to those that did the call-in and also, more importantly, to residents and carers in Cheshire East.
“It is pure speculation to claim that money can be saved by closing the service; it is misleading and is not based on sound evidence.
“I think it’s an absolute travesty and, to say they will keep their eye on this – it will be too late because Hollins View will be closed by the time we realise what we already know, that people have been left unsupported.”
●● Coun Laura Jeuda has been a leading campaigner against the closure
●● Harry Newton (left) and Barry Blyth race