Possible Victory For Westminster House Campaigners

Westminster House saved for the time being

Ever since respite care centre, Westminster House, was first earmarked for closure, campaigners have been fighting hard for its retention.

Victory HandsignBack in February last year, the Isle of Wight council (IWC) announced plans to close the centre and split the service between Adelaide House in Ryde and The Gouldings in Freshwater.

Campaigners argued that the Freshwater facility was not fit for purpose and that users would be deprived of the wealth of activities afforded to them in Newport.

Being retained in the short term
This afternoon the IWC have announced that the Cabinet

… are being asked to approve new arrangements so that Westminster House will in the short term remain where it is.

This will be at less cost to council tax payers and more affordable to people using it while longer term solutions arising from the consultation are agreed.

Cllr Roger Mazillius, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “While it would be wrong to pre-empt the decision making process, it would seem that – as we had anticipated – the consultation process has come up with some sound proposals for a way forward that should be acceptable to everyone from those who use the service and their carers to the wider council tax payer.”

Apparently, staff at the facility in Newport have come up with ideas on how to save money and how to generate income in order to keep the facility where it is.

Cllr Mazillius went on the say, “I hope that this proposed outcome will also demonstrate that the Isle of Wight Council does approach consultations with a genuinely open mind and will always take account of the feedback received.”

We’ll report back from the Cabinet meeting next month on the outcome of the discussions.

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9 Comments on "Possible Victory For Westminster House Campaigners"

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Mr J

It’s a pity they don’t do that with the libraries.

starsky

I AM SO HAPPY FOR WESTMINSTER HOUSE!this is fantastic news.Just needs a new manager now, then who knows it may stay open indefinately!

Exile

People power is a wonderful thing, let’s hope that something will be arranged to save this facility which means a lot to so many people.

steve s

“I hope that this proposed outcome will also demonstrate that the Isle of Wight Council does approach consultations with a genuinely open mind and will always take account of the feedback received.”
Let’s all hope so, eh, Rog.

hmmm
“While it would be wrong to pre-empt the decision making process, it would seem that – as we had anticipated – the consultation process has come up with some sound proposals for a way forward that should be acceptable to everyone from those who use the service and their carers to the wider council tax payer.” Urm, no Roger, you anticipated that Westminster House was unfit for… Read more »
jackie

hmmm you are so right. This decision had nothing to do with the consultation, which was extremely flawed. This ‘about turn’ was due to a lot of people making lots of noise, and one man in particular who’s persistance in writing letters pointing out various flaws in the proposal.

RTUC

Congratulations to the organisers of the Westminster House Campaign and the people who are supporting them.Continue with the struggle and the struggle against all cuts.

WHO ARE THE DECISION MAKERS? – WE ARE!!!

Victor Meldrew
Certainly all credit is due to those that stood up and were counted. Probably not a popular view, but some credit to Roger Mazxillius and Ian Anderson who took notice and are reccomending some form of respite in Newport. Now, the problem comes as to what form that service takes, how it is structured, staffed and paid for on a long term sustainable and affordable basis. I… Read more »
Occam

Keep up the momentum, make them back track on all the cuts.