Day care centre for older people to stay open in Crowborough

A SPECIALISED centre which provides essential day care for older people in Crowborough looks set to remain open.

At a council meeting on February 13 members decided to continue the current service at Hookstead and create meeting facilities there for the north of the county.

This means older people’s service will remain at Hookstead for the forseeable future.

Last year there was a feasibility study on all the council functions and sites in Crowborough and the surrounding areas plus a public consultation on whether to transfer the day services to the Bellbrook Centre in Uckfield.

Results showed that there were other options available and there was a strong desire to keep the services in the Crowborough area. The council listened to feedback and day services will stay in the town.

In the longer-term consideration will be given to moving from Hookstead, but to ensure services remain in Crowborough and to work with other partners on longer-term plans.

Adult social care member Cllr Bill Bentley said: “This is good news for Crowborough and shows our commitment to the north of the county. In future we will see if we can make even better use of buildings here to ensure we maintain services and provide the best possible care for the vulnerable people in the area”.

An alternative option considered was Pine Grove in Crowborough. This could be a suitable long-term site, co-located with the council library, information and registration services. But it is not available now and would need further detailed planning.