The potential closure of Wirral Council’s only dedicated respite centre for those with complex mental and physical disabilities, saving £155,000, is being questioned by the three councillors for Moreton West & Saughall Massie.
Girtrell Court has one resident living at the site, as well as 19 respite beds, two of which are for emergency admissions. The closure plan, revealed this week, follows previous decisions to close the Lyndale School and the attempted closure of the Moreton’s Adult Day Centre in previous years.
Councillor Bruce Berry said: “Only last week, the Director of Adult Social Services told me that he was working on a model to provide services to these most needy people and their families. Closure and demolition were never mentioned.
Councillor Chris Blakeley added: “The Town Hall appears to have no coherent strategy for supporting our most vulnerable residents – it seems to be a hot potch of isolated decisions which, when combined, are leading to massive impact on those who can least look after themselves.
“The good work that has been done, for example with the brand new Foxfield School for children and students with disabilities, is outweighed by the appalling decisions over Lyndale, the Moreton Adult Day Centre and, now, potentially, Girtrell Court.”
The proposal suggests more independent models of housing on the Saughall Massie site, but this won’t be available for at least two years, should planning permission be granted.