Anger over county coun­cil plans to shut learn­ing dis­abil­ity cen­tre

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

THERE was anger and frus­tra­tion af­ter Som­er­set County Coun­cil an­nounced plans to close a learn­ing dis­abil­ity cen­tre in Taun­ton.

Six Acres Re­sources Cen­tre, which of­fers sup­port for more than 90 vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, will close its doors in March.

The news of the cen­tre’s clo­sure has sparked a heated re­sponse from coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents.

Alex Roland, an IT tech­ni­cian and so­cial worker, said: “What a great loss for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It will be sadly missed and our thoughts go to the many staff and peo­ple who use this fa­cil­ity.”

The coun­cil says it aims to bring forward plans to mod­ernise learn­ing dis­abil­ity sup­port in the county town, and its staff are com­plet­ing re­views of its re­cip­i­ents’ care needs.

Work­ing with Dis­cov­ery so­cial en­ter­prise, which op­er­ates the cen­tre, af­fected peo­ple will be found suit­able, com­mu­nity-based and cre­ative ways to meet their needs.

A spokesman for Dis­cov­ery said its ser­vice in Taun­ton “is not ceas­ing” and will find a so­lu­tion to of­fer­ing care to vul­ner­a­ble adults in the town.

Shadow cabi­net mem­ber for adult ser­vices, Coun­cil­lor Bill Re­vans, said it was a “hugely wor­ry­ing move” and “vul­ner­a­ble adults have been let down”.

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