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Arthur Clark home loses fight

Written by: drobs

2 July 2013 19,119 views One Comment

Campaigners lost their battle to save The Arthur Clark Home and Albert Road Day Centre last night.

Despite protests from residents, their families and opposition parties Reading Borough Council’s ruling Labour group voted to close the neighbouring Caversham services.

The council admitted it would take £1.1 million to bring The Arthur Clark Home up to modern standards and £400,000 of investment would be needed at Albert Road Day Centre.

Protestors earlier waved placards outside the Civic Offices having officially handed over a petition signed by more than 3,500 people at a full council meeting last week.

arthur-clarke-cavershamThe council voted by majority to close The Arthur Clark Home and shut the Albert Road Day Centre and merge this service with Phoenix Day Services in West Reading.

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  • George Tee said:

    How can it be ‘merged’ with somewhere across town – that’s just a weasel word. The reality is that it will be closed.

    It’s interesting that it’s well known that closing homes like this and forcing disruption on the elderly is known to precipitate unnecessary deaths, but ‘caring’ ‘party of the people’ Labour have opted to ignore that. There will be blood on their hands.

    It’s interesting, too, that they’ve hung their Caversham councillor out to dry on this one – and that he’s said nothing about it.

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