Jobs fears at four council centres

Seddon Court.
Seddon Court.
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Cost-cutting plans to close a council-run care home and three youth centres - which could see dozen of jobs axed - are being considered.

Seddon Court, which currently houses just six residents, could be closed due to spare capacity at a neighbouring council-run home.

Plans to close three youth centres - in Grange Valley, Windlehurst and Derbyshire Hill - in favour of a “state-of-the-art” town centre base are also under consideration.

A council spokesman said Seddon Court currently only homed six residents - and required substantial investment to bring its facilities up to the standards required by the Care Quality Commission.

“The council is consulting with staff, residents and their families affected by the proposed closure and will consider the consultation responses before a final decision is made,” the spokesman added.

He added that the council had already agreed policies on redeployment and early retirement.

Meanwhile, a council spokesman confirmed that no decision had yet been made in relation to the youth centre plan - but accepted that jobs were set to go.

He said: “Government funding to the council has been cut year on year and the youth and play budget is facing a 50 per cent reduction next year.

“It is clear that there will be a reduction in the number of staff employed.”

She added: “The council is keen to continue to invest in developing services and facilities and the leader is keen to see a new facility developed in the town centre that will provide young people with a high quality venue.”

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“The feasibility of a modern town centre building being converted to become a state-of-the-art facility will be looked at. The building may include facilities for arts, craft, fashion and both traditional and urban sports.

“The council will be establishing a group of young people to act as consultees.”