11:58AM, Thursday 28 June 2012
A fight to save Gardner House Day Centre in Maidenhead ended last night as cabinet members unanimously agreed to close it.
Royal Borough councillors voted to shut the Harrow Lane venue and move its services to Lady Elizabeth House in Boyn Hill Avenue despite receiving a petition signed by more than 1,200 people and objections from three ward councillors.
Cabinet member for adult services, Cllr Simon Dudley, said at a meeting held in the Windsor Guildhall new services will be run by an external not-for-profit provider and will be free for pensioners.
The council also plans to spend £50,000 improving facilities at Lady Elizabeth House by adding a fully equipped kitchen and patio garden.
However pensioners will be charged for extra travel and meals.
Service users with more complex needs will also have access to a specialist dementia service at Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre in Courthouse Road.
The move followed a three-month consultation period which ended in February and is part of plans to cut £350,000 from pensioner support services in Windsor and Maidenhead.
The adjacent Gardner House sheltered homes run by Housing Solutions will not be affected by the closure.
Consultations over whether to change Windsor's schools system from the present three tier structure to a controversial two-tier were also due to be discussed last night.
But discussions were rescheduled for Wednesday because councillors said the issue was too 'complex'.
Plans to build more pitches for travellers and gypsies in the borough were also postponed until the next cabinet meeting in July.
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