The turnout at last weekends protest outside Milton Grange and Firwood House was excellent with over 200 people joining me to show just how determined Eastbourne is to keep both these fine Homes open. Thank you for all your support. We’ve a way to go yet and the consultation remains open until the end of April. I would urge anyone who hasn’t taken part to do so; it’s terribly important we show East Sussex County Council how much we as a town (and beyond) value the outstanding services provided by each Home; Milton Grange and Firwood House. Their dementia respite service is outstanding and many people locally have made it crystal clear to me that without it, their husband or wife or relative would be in a care home losing any vestige of independent living. Is this what County Hall want? Surely not.
Equally many others have been in touch to say how Firwood House helped them recuperate after being in hospital. Meaning they didn’t block a bed in the DGH, were able to receive proper rehabilitation therapy, ensuring that when they were ready to go home, lived independently. Without this service, we’ll be back to the appalling bed-blocking we had locally in Eastbourne years ago. Which would be bad for the DGH, bad for the patients themselves and, ultimately, bad for adult social services run by the County Council. Again; I cannot believe it is in the interest of East Sussex County Council, let alone local residents to close such a Home? We will continue opposing County Halls proposals, and we will also continue holding the two senior Eastbourne conservative county councillors, David Elkin and Colin Belsey, accountable to keep these homes open. With power comes accountability.