Consultation launched over the future of Manor Green respite centre

Consultation launched over the future of Manor Green respite centre

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Consultation launched over the future of Manor Green respite centre

A purpose-built respite centre for disabled children in Maidenhead could get a new lease of life after being closed for more than a year.

A public consultation has been launched over the future of the beleaguered Manor Green Residence which closed in July 2011, just 10 months after first opening.

Manor Green School, which sits on the same site as the £4.7m centre in Elizabeth Hawkes Way, has already expanded its pupil intake from 150 to 200 since opening in 2010.

A higher demand for places in expected as the school, which caters for children with learning difficulties and disabilities, is the only one of its kind in the borough.

The Royal Borough has now launched a consultation over two options for the future of the respite centre.

The first would see the school take over the whole residence allowing it to expand from 200 to 300 pupils.

But the borough also said it needs to provide a permanent base for its overnight respite care services, which it buys from other local authorities.

The second option would see a limited expansion, to cater for 240 pupil, with two four-bed units retained for the service.

Under the new plans the school's status would also change from boarding to day school. A four-bed unit would still be retained for use by the Primary Care Trust.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children's services, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to improve our offer to these young people and their parents and we want to know which option better meets their requirements - more places for day pupils or a combination of extra day places and short break respite."

Click here to take part in the consultation, which is due to end on March 9.

The results will be discussed by councillors on April 25.

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