Lincolnshire County Council close to revealing plans for day centres

Stamford day Centre in Ryhall Road, Stamford'Photo: SM031111-154js
Stamford day Centre in Ryhall Road, Stamford'Photo: SM031111-154js

Details regarding the future of two council-run day centres saved from closure after a Mercury campaign could be revealed next month.

Lincolnshire County Council agreed in February 2012 to keep running Stamford Day Centre in Ryhall Road, Stamford, and Stamford and Bourne Learning Disability Services in Abbey Road, Bourne.

The council previously announced plans to close the two centres in November 2011 as part of a complete restructuring of its adult social care services.

But after a public outcry against the council’s plans the Mercury launched a campaign to save the centres. Almost 500 readers filled in coupons opposing the closures and forced a U-turn.

The council agreed to keep the centres open until private companies or charities could be found to run them.

And almost two years on a decision on the future of the centres is now due.

A council spokesman said full details could not yet be made public as they were commercially sensitive.

But the council’s assistant director for adult care Justin Hackney said: “We need to ensure that any future plans for day centres will be sustainable in the long-term.

“We’re therefore in discussions with potential operators for centres across the county and are hoping to conclude these in principle in February.”

Stamford Day Centre offers care to the elderly, people with dementia and adults with learning disabilities.

It also allows carers to take much-needed respite.

It has 31 weekly users, many of whom visit on multiple days.

Stamford and Bourne Learning Disability Services, which offers a range of support and advice, has five weekly users.