Day centres to remain open

SIX Lincolnshire County Council day care facilities in the Boston area have been saved from closure after an overwhelming majority of supporters contacted the authority calling for them to remain open.

Manning Court, Field Street, Scott House and The Thistles, as well as centres in Kirton and services run by BOSSCAT, are among 31 centres which will stay open following ‘unprecedented feedback’ from the public in a consultation over proposed closures.

The council is now looking for outside bodies or businesses to take over the running of the centres and allow them to exist independently of the council.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for Adult Social Care, said: “We said at the start that nothing was off the table and are now pleased to be pressing forward with plans to keep the buildings open, which users told us they wanted. Our next job is to ensure that they continue to provide the services that people want to use – and at the same high standards we expect.”

Expressions of interest have already been made regarding a number of the centres in the Boston area, but a council spokesman said it was too early in the process to give more information.

The spokesman added that once the new bodies began to run the centres, they would be closely monitored to ensure a high level of care.

Overall, the authority has committed half a million pounds to supporting local groups to take over facilities around the county.