Failure of bid to protect centres

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OPPOSITION Sheffield councillors have failed in a new bid to try to retain the city’s three dementia centres.

A motion proposed by Lib Dem councillors which included a fully-costed plan to retain the facilities was defeated by ruling Labour members of the authority.

The three centres under threat of closure are Bole Hill View in Crookes, Hurlfield View, Gleadless, and Norbury in Norwood.

New Crookes Lib Dem councillor Rob Frost said: “There is a strong feeling that Bole Hill View should stay open - that’s why we’ve managed to collect more than 500 signatures for our campaign.”

Labour said no decision has yet been taken - although £385,000 which pays towards the centres’ running costs has been removed from the care budget.