CAMPAIGNERS say they want to remain positive over the future of The Patey Day Centre.
It comes as crunch talks were held at St Peter and St Paul Church, in Wymering, last night to see if the service, which cares for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, could be saved.
As reported, Portsmouth City Council plans to merge the Cosham service with The Royal Albert Centre, a larger one in the middle of Portsmouth – a move that will save £100,000.
While families accept the service has to move out of the building it’s in, they’re pushing for somewhere else in the north of the city for it to go.
The Patey Day Centre is part of Edinburgh House, which is due to be pulled down next year in order to make way for a 72-bed residential care home at East Lodge Park, Farlington.
Service users joined city leaders, including the leaders of Portsmouth’s main political parties, MP Penny Mordaunt and a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society for the discussion.
Ellie Savidge, of Cosham, who has set up a petition that’s attracted more than 3,600 signatures, said: ‘We felt it was very positive that such a huge number of people came out to discuss The Patey Day Centre.
‘I also feel that it was very positive that an action group will be put together to discuss possible ways forward.
Cllr Donna Jones, Conservative group leader, suggested that if a new premises was found, clients could be charged between £15 and £20 per day, and that way the council would make money and the service could stay.
But there was concern over that proposal because families already contribute up to £40 a week and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the council, warned not everyone could afford that, and said the council would not subsidise any new premises.
‘Cllr Donna Jones looked to charge people,’ he said.
‘We discussed the proposals.
‘The view we got from the council officers is there is capacity at The Royal Albert Centre for the people who already get a service at The Patey Day Centre to be looked after there.
‘There is sufficient space.’
Cllr Jones said: ‘We need to set up an action group to sort this out.’