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Debate on future of Sheffield dementia centre

Bolehill View centre Photo: Calendar News

A debate on the future of a dementia care centre in South Yorkshire will take place tonight.

The Labour-led Sheffield City Council proposed the closure of the Bolehill View centre in Crookes, Sheffield, as a cost-cutting measure.

It is earmarked for closure in March 2014.

But opposition councillors have requested a debate, which will take place during the full council meeting tonight.

Cllr Rob Frost, local Liberal Democrat councillor for Crookes, has been campaigning to keep the centre open. He has collected more than 500 signatures.

“Since this announcement I’ve heard from lots of families who are hurt by this proposal. The Council claim they’re giving people a choice but the choice people want is the great service offered by the excellent staff at Bole Hill View.

“Labour’s claim that this is about improving the service simply doesn’t add up. The Council need to seriously consider where their priorities lie.”

– Cllr Rob Frost, local Liberal Democrat councillor for Crookes

Sheffield City Council say the money saved by closing the centre would be used for providing care at home.