Bexley Council and MCCH have launched a formal consultation exercise to shape their plans to improve accommodation, day care and special care for people in the borough with learning disabilities.Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care, Cllr Sharon Massey, described the plans as “an exciting opportunity to develop services for the 21st century and provide services we can be proud of.”
A three-month consultation period will take place and MCCH – which took over the running of Learning Disability Services in Bexley in 2002 as a not-for-profit trust – will submit a report on the results to the Council’s Cabinet in March 2007.
Service users and their families are being consulted on two main issues, the first of which is the future of the Hainault Residential Care Home in Lesney Park Road, Erith.
Options include:• retaining Hainault as it is;
• closing Hainault;
• selling the site and using the money to develop appropriate alternative facilities for people with learning disabilities elsewhere;
• redeveloping Hainault for general housing including homes for people with learning disabilities
• redeveloping Hainault for general housing including homes for people with learning disabilities and provision for Bexley MENCAP.
Councillors are also considering a new Community Building to replace the Carlton Resource Centre in Carlton Road, Sidcup. As requested by the Council, MCCH have drawn up a business plan for new premises, including a special care unit to replace the centre. This will be the subject of consultation over the three months.
The Council and MCCH hope that improvements can start to be implemented from April 2007.
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