Ex-Lord Mayor of Portsmouth criticises plan to close day centre named after him

The Patey Day Centre.
The Patey Day Centre.

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A FORMER Lord Mayor of Portsmouth who won a campaign to get a day care centre built has hit out at plans to close it.

Councillor Jim Patey raised £150,000 when he was mayor in 1992 so The Patey Day Centre, in Cosham, could be built.

The facility, which cares for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, was named after him in homage to the effort he and his wife Joy made.

But now it could close after Portsmouth City Council agreed the centre was part of the £10m that’s being cut across services next year.

Subject to the outcome of a consultation, services at The Patey Day Centre will be transferred to The Royal Albert Day Centre, a move which could save £100,000.

Cllr Patey, who represents Paulsgrove, said it was deeply disappointing and went against what carers and service users were told.

He said: ‘Some 15 months ago there was a change in the contract for the Patey services and we were given certain assurances that the service would run for at least two more years.

‘We have just approached the first year of that and we were given an undertaking that should Edinburgh House run after two years, there was an opportunity to resign the contract.’

Cllr Patey said he was disappointed no-one from the council gave him any notice of the proposals.

‘I am very surprised that as someone who has been involved in the service, I was given no notice so that I could give an explanation to the service users there,’ he said.

He asked at Tuesday’s meeting of the full council whether it could be delayed by three months, in case some funding is found before the end of the year.

It was instead agreed a consultation would be carried out before anything happens.

Maureen Levesque, 63, of Paulsgrove, who takes her husband Mick, 70, to the centre, said: ‘I am gutted, totally gutted.

‘I value it so much. It’s a lifeline. The staff are wonderful and because it’s a smaller building it’s very family orientated. They won’t get that level of service at the Royal Albert because it’s so big.’ Other cuts include the removal of the council’s internal bailiff service, which will save £100,000 next year.