Two weeks remain to have your say on the closure of this Hayling Island respite centre for disabled adults

Have your say

JUST two weeks remain for service users to have their say on the potential closure of a ‘vital’ respite centre on Hayling Island.

It comes as Hampshire County Council gears up to conclude its public consultation into the 13-bedroom Orchard Close site in Westfield Avenue. 

The venue offers short seaside breaks for adults with physical and learning difficulties in a ‘hotel-like’ environment, but it could be axed as the county council searches for ways to make savings of £140m-a-year. 

Speaking to The News, 58-year-old Joanne Port from Havant previously described the centre as a ‘lifeline’ to her family – especially her 25-year-old son Daniel – whom she cares for full-time. 

Fears surrounding its potential closure follow a £1m cut to the county council’s short breaks scheme – and if it is shut just 24 beds for its target demographic will remain across the whole of Hampshire.

To take the consultation visit