Fears over future of popular centre for the elderly and frail

The future of Lewes’s Phoenix Centre is in grave doubt, following the decision by East Sussex County Council to consult on the future of six day centres around the county.

The centres, which serve frail and elderly people, and those who may be infirm, include the well used Malling Street venue and the Orion Centre in Hailsham.

The council is making it clear that closure of the day centre service is an option being considered, as the county has to reduce its adult social care budget by £27.8 million.

In its consultation explanation, it says it has not ruled out keeping the day centre services as they are now, but that ‘this is less likely to be a realistic option’.

Lewes, Ringmer and Barcombe county councillor Rosalyn St Pierre says: “We have fought so hard to keep the Phoenix Centre open, and it would be a terrible sign about the way we view elderly people’s quality of life if it was to close or be sold to a private developer.

“It’s vital that people who use the centre, or who know someone who does, should respond to the consultation.

“The county needs to hear how important it is.”

Contributions to the consultation can be made by email to dpsconsultation@eastsussex.gov.uk .

The consultation closes on October 14.