Hundreds back our campaign to save day centres in Stamford and Bourne

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THE Mercury has handed over more than 450 coupons calling for Lincolnshire County Council to drop its plans to close vital day care services.

The council announced in October it wanted to shut the Stamford Day Centre in Ryhall Road and the Stamford and Bourne Learning Disability Services, based in Abbey Road, Bourne.

The closures would come as the council wants to move its adult social care users onto the personal budget scheme and get rid of its own in-house services to save money.

Users would be able to choose where to spend their publicly-funded care grant instead of the council providing care for them. The council hopes charities and private companies will come forward to replace the services it shuts down.

The Mercury opposes these plans and launched a campaign to get the council to drop the idea.

A magnificent total of 468 coupons were returned by readers, which we have now sent to the council.

Mercury editor Eileen Green thanked readers for their support.

“The response has been superb and I really hope the strength of feeling shown will make a difference.”

The council’s head of commissioning for adult social care, Richard Collins, said: “We welcome the coupons. As part of our 90-day consultation, we want everyone’s feedback and it will all go into the report to the council’s executive.

“However, we also encourage people to complete the formal consultation questionnaire so that we can fully understand everyone’s specific, detailed needs and preferences.”

The consultation closes on Monday but you can still comment until then by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/dpconsultation