Public meeting over closure threat to Chappell Centre

USERS of Spalding’s closure-threatened Chappell Centre – and their carers – will be consulted on Lincolnshire County Council’s plans tomorrow.

The council proposes to axe a total of 30 day service centres across Lincolnshire along with two “short break services” centres, Cedar House in Spalding and Swallow Lodge at North Hykeham.

The move has already been branded as “a return to the dark ages” by Maurice Chappell (83), the son of the man who gave his name to the Chappell Centre.

Maurice Chappell has a daughter Claire who has attended the Chappell Centre for 25 years and is unlikely to find an alternative place for care if the county carries out its sweeping cuts.

Parent Michael Lee (69), from Gosberton Risegate, says his autistic son John (42) has been going to the Chappell Centre since he was 19.

And without the constant stimulus from activities at the centre he will regress.

Mr Lee said: “John is very upset about it. The day centre is his world.”

l Tomorrow’s meeting runs from 1pm-3pm at The Chappell Centre, in Pinchbeck Road.