Petition to save dementia care home

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

Weston Town Hall - protest to keep Poppyfields Centre open .

Weston Town Hall - protest to keep Poppyfields Centre open . 14-1-10

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ANGRY protestors have started a petition to try to save a residential home for dementia sufferers.

ANGRY protestors have started a petition to try to save a residential home for dementia sufferers.

North Somerset Council's executive members have decided to look at closing Poppyfields in Trenleigh Drive in Worle and provide alternative accommodation elsewhere in the area.

Last month proposals for a promised 'flagship' project at Edbon Court in Worle were also discontinued.

Staff, carers and friends of people with dementia held an emergency crisis meeting at Weston's United Reformed Church last week.

Although the unitary authority is now consulting with people on the proposed closure of Poppyfields, a large percentage of the gathered crowd thought the decision was already a 'done deal'.

Guest speaker Lord Brian Cotter, a former Weston MP, said: "I urge those in power, please don't abandon this service.

"Please think again because the loss for our carers and older people would be great."

The facility was first 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.

Former carer Pearl Collman has helped lead the protestors during both closure threats.

Lord Cotter said: "We are getting a case of dejˆ vu.

"In 2004/05 I was glad to support Pearl and others in driving forward Poppyfields and I will happily do it again."

Pearl, whose husband died of dementia in 2006, told protestors she had met with council staff about the closure.

She said: "The council says it will save money but the problem is, I don't agree with the figures in the report.

"I am asking the council not to close Poppyfields and give us another year to investigate and see if we can get help."

A vote on whether to shut the site is expected at a meeting of the full council in April.

*TO SIGN the petition visit Ebdon Court or call Pearl on 01934 511886.

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