Campaigners petition to save dementia centres in Sheffield

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CAMPAIGNERS have delivered 5,000 petitions to homes across Sheffield, asking residents to register their objections to plans to close three dementia centres under threat of closure.

Councillors insist no decision has yet been made about the future of the three centres - Bole Hill View dementia resource centre in Crookes, Hurlfield View in Gleadless Common and Norbury in Fir Vale - and say a full consultation process will be carried out before anything happens.

But the ruling Labour administration recently approved a budget which included £385,000 of savings councillors will make in 2012/13 if they close the centres.

Opposition Lib Dem campaigners have been delivering petitions across the city.

Rob Frost, from Crookes, said: “Bole Hill View is an important part of our community. I’ve spoken to lots of people locally who are angry and disappointed by the proposals.”

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Lib Dem leader on the council, said: “Naturally, these proposals have caused concern for the families of those who use the home. I hope we can rule out closure of these centres as soon as possible.

“What’s most tragic is the centres could be protected if Labour councillors weren’t so dogmatic about protecting senior council officers’ pay.”

Meanwhile councillors have agreed to look again at plans to close Sevenfields care centre in Wisewood and Hazelhurst in Jordanthorpe, referring the matter to the council scrutiny board before a decision is taken.