Decision to close Wellingborough day centre put back for more consideration

Glamis Hall in Wellingborough
Glamis Hall in Wellingborough

Councillors have voted to refer their decision to close a day centre back to the resources committee for further consideration.

An extraordinary meeting was held by Wellingborough Council tonight (Tuesday) after a petition signed by more than 10,000 people was presented to them calling for Glamis Hall to remain open until at least November 2015.

It came after the council said it would be closing the community centre, mainly used as the base for the council-run day care service for older people, from January 1.

After hearing from 11 speakers calling for the day centre to stay open because of the integral part it plays in the local community and offering a lifeline to so many, councillors had three options to consider.

They could confirm the decision to close Glamis Hall on January 1, refer the decision back to the resources committee on September 16 or rescind the decision to close it and ask the resources committee to consider the future of the building.

Following two failed motions with amendments to the options up for discussion, the council voted 25 to two to refer the decision to close Glamis Hall back to the resources committee.

This means there will be more time to consider further information which has been gathered about the closure since the decision was made earlier this year.

The council has said the building, built in the 1970s, is no longer fit for purpose.

But the Save Glamis Hall action group set to fight this decision disagrees strongly with this view and may yet launch a judicial review over the closure decision and how it was made.

The closure of Glamis Hall will now be discussed again by members of the resources committee at Swanspool House in Wellingborough on September 16 before going before full council on October 7.