The Lincolnshire Echo is today reporting that campaigners who are trying to prevent council care home changes in Lincolnshire have made a 'Save Our Services' rallying call.
The impassioned plea was made as residents in Nettleham, north of Lincoln, met yesterday in protest at the county council's plans to replace eight care homes with privately-run provisions.
Linelands, in Nettleham, is one of the facilities which would be affected by the authority's proposals but people who use the service within the village say turning day care and respite centres into state-of-the-art residential care homes is unnecessary.
The authority's executive is expected to vote on the proposals in April, when feedback from public consultations to be considered.
Mrs. Elaine Smith, from Ashby-de-la-Launde, south of Lincoln said she was hopeful the meeting at the Black Horse pub, in Nettleham, would be the first step in allowing campaign groups from across the county to join together against the proposed redevelopment. Her mother, Mrs. Lilian Smithson, needs regular care, is quoted in the paper as saying:
"There have been public meetings and the council has come round and given its spiel about what the plans are, but there has been a lot of opposition to what the council is saying."Lincolnshire County Council executive member for adult social care, Cllr Graham Marsh, is quoted saying:
"These are exciting plans which will change the type of support available for those using our services and provide people with better options."Have your say on the consultation at http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/shapingcare.