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

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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 tinyurl.com/ycdvsttd