Proposals for other centres

Phoenix Centre, Lewes
Phoenix Centre, Lewes

The future of day care centres for older people in East Sussex will be decided by senior councillors next week.

East Sussex County Council’s adult social care department needs to reduce its budget by £27.8 million over the next three years.

Six centres across the county including Hookstead Centre in Crowborough, Orion Centre in Hailsham, and the Phoenix Centre in Lewes were placed under review by the county council after a report found keeping them open was not financially sustainable. A consultation was launched to consider several options for the future of services, including closure. Officers have now presented their recommendations, based on usage of the centres, services available from other organisations and responses to the consultation. The proposals include closing the Orion Centre and the Hookstead Centre and providing services at other locations by other organisations.

Officers proposed to keep the Phoenix Centre in Lewes open with the council continuing to provide existing services in the short term, until a new provider from the voluntary or community sector takes over the running of the centre.

The council said the review aimed to improve value for money while ensuring people eligible for day services continued to receive support. It said the recommended proposals aimed to protect services and ensure residents continued to receive the same level of support at less cost, preventing the need for unnecessary cuts to services.

The cabinet will consider the proposals on December 10.