Support centre could close

Moss Bank Support centre, Victoria Avenue, St Helens is being threatened with closure
Moss Bank Support centre, Victoria Avenue, St Helens is being threatened with closure

TOWN Hall chiefs are considering closing a day care centre for adults.

Four options for Moss Bank Support Centre will be weighed up during a four-month consultation period - due to start on Monday, July 25 - including the closure of the home.

But St Helens Council bosses insist no final decision has yet been taken and say they are willing to consider any other alternatives which arise from the consultation.

Moss Bank Support Centre currently provides residential, day and respite care to older people.

But the council’s cabinet recently agreed to launch the consultation following “significant changes” in care services available for older people across the borough since the centre was opened in 1952.

A Town Hall spokeswoman said that an increased focus on personalised community-based support would give people greater choice and control over the services they require.

The other three options currently being considered are to improve and develop existing services at the centre, to change the nature of the services provided or to use only part of the centre for residential or respite care.

At the the end of the four-month consultation period, a further month has been set aside to evaluate all the feedback and produce a report for the council’s cabinet - before any decision is made.

Councillor Joe Pearson, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “We can assure everyone that we intend to fully consult on the future of the centre looking at all options.

“The consultation will involve direct contact with residents and their families/carers plus other stakeholders.”

To have your say, contact Rachel Esmat on 01744 676789 or e-mail: rachelesmat@sthelens.gov.uk