I would like to respond to some of the points raised in your article on Burnside Day Centre on 4 December.
The aim of the public consultation is for service users and others to help to shape the future of the learning disabilities day service and to improve it.
We are certainly not turning our back on anyone who uses the centre, in fact just the opposite, we are asking for their views on how the service can best be developed in the future. Day services for these customers and others with similar needs will continue in the area.
We want to make sure that users continue to be at the heart of everything we do, so we are really keen to hear people’s views.
The current Burnside Day Centre building is outdated and we are not sure that the location is right.
National best practice suggests that people with learning disabilities should be supported to access facilities in their local community and our customers also tell us this.
We want to know how people think the service should move forward. Should the day services be available in different locations?
Should they be provided in a different way?
It is proposed to increase the budget for supporting people with learning disability and the aim of the review is to improve the service so that we can support people to live the life they want.
I have been kept up-to-date with the consultation process. Myself and the co-chairman of the Learning Disability Partnership Board will be meeting other county councillors at Burnside to discuss the best way forward.
The recent public meeting was just one way that the county council has been consulting. Not everyone can attend public meetings and so there have been numerous meetings with centre users, carers and staff since February.
The consultation runs until 9 January 2015. To take part online go to: http://www.bmgsystems.co.uk/westsussex/kms/dmart.aspx?noip=1&filter_status=1
Or for more information call 0330 2225855.
West Sussex County Council
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health