Protestors to gather outside town hall

PUBLISHED: 10:01 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

FURIOUS protestors will hold a demonstration outside Weston Town Hall because they are so angry they are likely to lose the flagship project they were promised.

FURIOUS protestors will hold a demonstration outside Weston Town Hall because they are so angry they are likely to lose the flagship project they were promised.

Staff and carers from Ebdon Court in Worle were planning on waving their placards in disgust outside the building on Tuesday night before a full meeting of North Somerset Council.

Former carer Pearl Collman was also intending to talk during public participation time, but the meeting was called off for fear of adverse weather conditions.

The authority's executive decided last month to discontinue proposals for the promised 'flagship' project at the Ebdon Court site in Worle.

It also decided to press ahead with looking at the potential closure of Poppyfields residential home for dementia sufferers currently situated on the Trenleigh Drive site and provide alternative accommodation elsewhere in the area.

The facility was threatened with closure before Christmas in 2004, but when the news was met with anger from patients and their families the authority vowed to build a 'flagship development' in its place.

Mrs Collman said: "I thought this was going to be for the people of Weston who have proved the need for a flagship dementia centre.

"The council has already set a precedent with the Tropicana.

"Why is it that dementia is attacked and humiliated in this way, people suffering other illnesses do not face threats of closure."

Council leader Nigel Ashton says the decision to drop the £3million project was mainly due to a combination of unexpected costs and possible disruption to those who use the services.

He says that following discussions with Housing 21 it was discovered that phased building would not be possible without additional time and cost, which was considered to be unaffordable.

It is proposed that Severn and Birnbeck day centres will remain at the site and that there will be investment in establishing a new technical centre, a centralised community meals facility and a training facility for voluntary and care workers.

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