Campaigners: the fight goes on

CHAPPELL Centre users and their carers face an uncertain future as they wait for news of a private operator stepping forward to run the disabled adult day care centre in Spalding’s Pinchbeck Road.

Campaigners wanted day care centres to remain as now – council run – but are glad to grab a small victory with them staying open and the option of private operators moving in.

Michael Lee, who helped collect thousands of signatures on a petition, said: “I suppose we have won a victory but we haven’t won the war.

“Basically, overall, they (the county council) want to wash their hands of adult social care. They are shirking their responsibilities to my mind.”

Fellow campaigner Maurice Chappell said: “We have fought a pretty good fight, really. They (the county council) have made a number of promises and we have got to see that they are fulfilled.”

The county council buys respite care for disabled adults from Cedar House, which neighbours The Chappell Centre, and is run by Heritage Care.

The Chappell Centre’s workplace Unison representative Gill Thomas said: “Lincolnshire County Council buys respite care from them on a block contract which is due to end in September. My understanding is that the council intend to invite tenders from interested parties for that provision too.”

Marion Watts has a son Daniel (19), who has Down’s syndrome and autistic spectrum disorder, and Cedar House is a lifeline.

Mrs Watts said: “If it goes, it will be devastating to our family life.”