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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Milton Grange & Firwood House’s future to be debated at County Hall

March 27, 2018 3:48 PM

MGEast Sussex County Council are proposing the closure of Eastbourne's vital rehabilitation and dementia respite homes; Milton Grange and Firwood House. Residents from across town and beyond are campaigning against these proposals.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Opposition Group, Eastbourne Councillor David Tutt, has been leading the charge at County Hall in Lewes against ESCC's proposals. Firstly, by putting forward an alternative budget which would have saved the homes and other vital resources by finding savings within the council's bureaucracy. Their proposal was voted down by the Conservative group with the support of Labour councillors. Since then, Cllr Tutt and Eastbourne's MP, Stephen Lloyd, have been opposing the county council's proposed closures.

Secondly a petition on change.org, started by Eastbourne resident - Maria Galt, now has close to ten thousand signatures - well over the five thousand needed for the issue to be debated at County Hall. A further thousand or so signatures collected by Mr Lloyd were presented by Cllr Tutt to the Chairman of the county council, Cllr Michael Ensor, this week. Meaning these proposed closures will now be debated at the full council meeting in May.

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Cllr Tutt said: "These services are vital for preventing bed-blocking at our local hospital and ensuring the highest-quality care for residents of Eastbourne and beyond. It is an absolute disgrace that the Tories at County Hall would even consider closing these services. I am calling on the two leading Eastbourne Conservative County Councillors, Colin Belsey and David Elkin, to step up on behalf of our town before it's too late."

He added: "By formally presenting these petitions today, to go with the almost ten thousand on Change.org, we are calling on the council to think again and save Milton Grange and Firwood House!"

The Council's survey runs until 25th April and can be found here: http://bit.ly/CCeCnslt

To sign Maria's petition to save Milton Grange and Firwood House the link is: http://bit.ly/CountyCutsPet