East Sussex County Council is asking users of residential care and day centre services in Crowborough for their views about re-organisation plans.
Adult Social Services are proposing to close the current Southview Day Centre, which is used by people with learning difficulties, along with three residential properties, two in Crowborough and one in South Chailey.
Instead they are proposing to provide services from the Hookstead Centre in Goldsmiths Avenue.
They argue this would be more cost effective and would improve the quality of the accommodation:
The reductions in the funding we get from central government mean we simply can’t continue to operate as at present.
We believe the proposed changes are the best way of allowing us to make the savings we need to make while continuing to offer a high quality service to everyone who currently receives it. A new combined residential and day service at the Hookstead Centre would allow us to offer better residential accommodation, including en-suite bathrooms, more communal areas and a day service and restaurant on one site.
If this proposal is approved, any redevelopment at Hookstead would be subject to a full planning application, which would include consultation with residents.
It’s important to stress that no decision will be made until we’ve listened to people’s views. We are talking to families, carers and staff and we’d encourage people to take part in the consultation.
The two residential properties in Crowborough set to sold in the plans are Beacongate on Beacon Road and the Gables on Beacon Close.
Prior to 2014 the Hookstead Centre on Goldsmiths Avenue provided residential care for around 20 people living with dementia. The majority of the property is currently vacant, with the exception of the town’s Registry Office is currently located on the first floor of the building.
If the proposal is approved and subject to planning approval, the Register Office would move to the ground floor. This would allow for better facilities as it would have its own entrance at the front of the building, and would also allow improved disabled access.
Family members, carers and support workers have until 13th May to comment. A recommendation will then be presented to the Lead Member for Adult Social Care & Community Safety in June.