Abuse centre closure would be a great shame

As Lewes Town Council’s Anti Domestic Abuse Champion, you can imagine my disappointment at reading about the possibility of one of the county’s women’s refuges being under threat of closure because it is never full. Surely ESCC are missing the point?

The statistics show that 1 in 4 women (and 1 in 6 men) will be the victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

These refuges give those victims the first steps towards rebuilding their lives in surroundings where they can feel safe and away from danger.

By removing the service, ESCC could potentially be putting those victims at risk.

Just because a service is never at maximum capacity doesn’t mean it isn’t required. If we follow ESCC’s current line of reasoning, perhaps they shouldn’t repair a pothole in the road until every car that travels over it is damaged.

Before cutting services that benefit the community, maybe the county council would like to start saving money by selling off some of its own administration offices that are not full at all times.

I recently attended a meeting at an ESCC building that had the hall lights on and heating on high, despite the fact there seemed to be very few occupants.

Cllr Ashley Price

Lewes Green Party (Priory Ward)