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Anger at chiefs’ petition ‘snub’

Members of the public is at Doncaster Council to hand over a petition about the closure of care homes. Picture: Andrew Roe

Members of the public is at Doncaster Council to hand over a petition about the closure of care homes. Picture: Andrew Roe

Members of an action group fighting against plans to close all local authority care homes claim council chiefs refused to personally accept their petition.

Campaigners from the Caregate group had arranged to hand over the 13,000-name petition in person but were outraged when officials failed to come down to accept it.

Instead they sent a receptionist from the Civic Office out to collect it.

Peter Sumner of the Caregate group said: “Mayor Ros Jones, the council and her functional directors showed a total lack of respect and disregard for the people of Doncaster by refusing to accept, as previously agreed, a petition containing 13,350 signatures opposing the closure of care homes in Doncaster.

“Instead the consultant overseeing the proposed closures, Stephen Williams, informed the Caregate action group via the reception manager that no one in authority was now prepared to receive the petition.

“This is outrageous behaviour by the mayor and the council. This merely confirms our belief that DMBC and our local politicians think they can do as they wish in Doncaster. They should remember they were elected to serve the people of Doncaster and observe their needs and wishes.

“Why have the 13,350 who signed this petition been dismissed and shown such appalling disrespect by this administration?”

Mr Sumner thanked all the residents who signed the petition.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said the petition had been recorded and would be considered as part of its consultation.

The proposals are part of the authority’s attempts to save £109 million over the next three years.

Doncaster Council’s proposed closures include all seven council-run care homes and four out of eight adult education centres.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet will make a decision over whether to go ahead with the planned closures in June.

 

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