Day centre closures plan 'needs scrutiny'
COUNCILLORS have called for a proper debate before the closure of seven "underused" day centres across Lincolnshire is rubber-stamped.
Lincolnshire County Council plans to close facilities in Louth and Market Rasen, as well as Lincoln, Sleaford and Boston, by April. The final decision will be made by adult social care boss Graham Marsh.
Now Labour councillor John Hough has called for scrutiny of the proposals.
He said: "The fact there is no scrutiny of this decision is scandalous. This has to go through a meeting where members from different parties are present."
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Marianne Overton, leader of the opposition, said: "It shouldn't be up to one man to make the decision."
The council says the proposal to close the centres came about because they were rarely being used and were no longer viable. It comes ten months after leader of the council Martin Hill said no day centres would close before a discussion on the matter at an executive meeting.
Mr Marsh, executive member for adult social care, said: "It would be highly irresponsible of us to continue spending more than £72,000 of taxpayers' money each year keeping seven underused buildings open.
"Having received no feedback of concerns at all, we've spoken directly with all 45 families and they tell us they understand the move."