Campaigners fighting to keep a day centre open have been given new hope after meeting those behind the planned closure.
Wellingborough Council recently said it would be closing Glamis Hall and the services run from there from the beginning of next year.
But with more than 2,000 names collected on a petition against the closure and following a meeting with the council leader Paul Bell, campaigners have been given some hope. Graham Campbell, who is part of the campaign group set up to save Glamis Hall, said: “The meeting went well.
“They’ve agreed to ask the mayor to convene an extraordinary meeting of the full council to debate a stay of execution for Glamis.”
Mr Campbell, whose father has been attending the day centre for 20 years, said Glamis Hall is a lifeline for those who go there.
He said: “There’s 180 people who go there and it’s their lifeline. The carers there are absolutely out of this world.
“We were in town on Saturday from 10am to 3pm and we got 1,300 signatures on the petition so we are over 2,000 signatures now. People were literally queuing up to sign it. Everyone seems to know someone affected by it.
“I think the way everyone feels is that this is the last community place in Wellingborough. Once it’s gone, there’s nowhere else.”
Mr Campbell is hoping the council will listen to their views about Glamis Hall, a base for the council-run day care service for older people.
He said: “All we want is to keep it open until November next year and then we can look at ways for other funding. We have to keep up the public support.”
The council says the building, built in the 1970s, is no longer fit for purpose. It is not legally obliged to provide the day care service, which costs about £170,000 a year to run.
Following this week’s meeting, council leader Paul Bell said: “I have agreed to start the process for calling an extraordinary meeting of the full council, where the Glamis Hall petition will be debated. We have no date for this meeting yet.
“Officers are gathering information at the moment so that councillors are able to give consideration to the petition and the specific action it asks for.”
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