Town council airs concern over county council proposals

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 5th June 2024

Town councillors in Derbyshire have aired their concerns over proposals surrounding adult and children services across the county.
Alfreton Town Council has issued a statement regarding their members’ concerns over Derbyshire County Council’s latest proposals surrounding adult and children services – which could see the possible closure of ten children’s centre across the county including the one in Alfreton.
A spokesman for the town council recently posted the following on the council’s Facebook page: “The town council have expressed their dissatisfaction with Derbyshire County Council at their proposals to close services which impact adults and children in Alfreton.
“A copy of the letter has been sent to cabinet members, officers and the local MP.
“Further details of their proposals can be found here: Care homes and day services online public meetings will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 and Wednesday, June 26, 2024.
“Day centre virtual meetings for members of the public to attend on 10 June 2024 and 18 June 2024 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.”

To find out more about these consultation events go to https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/public-consultation-on-care-homes-and-day-services-launched.aspx and https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/have-your-say-on-proposed-changes-to-learning-disability-support.aspx

Alfreton Town Council’s concerns about this matter were discussed at their recent monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21, which the Spirit of Alfreton attended.
During the debate, councillor Hannah Jowett-Frost said: “I asked for this to be put on our agenda.
“Alfreton Nursery is going to be closed with no consultation.
“There is a 194 page-long report. People in our town are not aware (about this).”
“I feel that Derbyshire County Council have mismanaged our public money. We should stand up for people in our town.”
She added: “This is about the most vulnerable people being targeted – those who can’t stand up for themselves.”

Councillor Steve Marshall-Clarke said: “We need to get the county councillors engaged in this process, and they need to get on to the officers to decipher the 194 page report.
“We need to get them to come and explain what’s happening to each site.”

Councillor Marlene Bennett said: “We need to hold them to account. This is a back door job. People need to know.”

Councillors agreed to send correspondence to Derbyshire County Council outlining their concerns.
In their written response to DCC, including elected members, sent by the Town Clerk, it states: “I have been instructed to write to you to express the council’s dissatisfaction, sadness and disgust with the decision to consider the closure of care facilities in Alfreton that will impact both adults and children.
“The council feel this action is not acceptable and will have far-reaching implications for the communities that support those people who will see their services reduced or removed.
“Alfreton has several current facilities that support disabled people and a community in and around Alfreton that benefits from those services.
“We ask that officers and council members come and meet with the council so that we can understand the impact of the actions that are being considered, we feel that documents spanning a couple of hundred pages are difficult for the majority of people to navigate and understand.”

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