Summer Reprieve For Chiswick Day Care Centre

Councillors defer decision on closure until September to give more time to consider documents

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The Chiswick Day Care Centre was given a brief reprieve this week after the Social Care consultation item was withdrawn from Borough Council meeting's agenda.

Although the agenda was set some time ago, the full Equality Impact Assessments relating to the Chiswick Centre and others in the Borough were not published until the evening before the meeting, Monday 18th July, therefore members were not given enough time to consider them.

A spokesperson for Hounslow Council said: "It is essential that all members should have the opportunity to consider all of the relevant documentation in relation to this important matter. The Adult Social Care Consultation Outcome Report was therefore be withdrawn from the agenda and will be presented to a subsequent meeting of the Borough Council."

It is thought the future of Chiswick Day Care Centre will be decided in September.

The Friends of Chiswick Day Centre had planned a peaceful demonstration outside the Civic Centre in a last ditch attempt to persuade members of the Borough Council to keep the centre open.

Campaigner Laura Ware said there had been 'overwhelming' support from the Chiswick Community to keep the Chiswick Day Centre open.

She said: "Every one we speak to feels passionately that the centre was a vital resource that should be safe guarded for the elderly residents of Chiswick and Hounslow for now and for the future generations to come.

Speaking about the petitions which currently have a total of 1,119 signatures with more being added daily, Laura said: "Thank you to every one who has helped us collect our signatures and those who very kindly took the time to sign our petition."

July 21, 2011