Hollins View care home will close

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

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

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