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Save Milton Grange / Firwood House

March 6, 2018 1:31 PM
By Stephen Lloyd

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Just back from a fantastic protest outside Milton Grange and, after, Firwood House. Around 200 people turned up - for which many thanks. And our message to East Sussex County Council was crystal clear; don't proceed with your proposals to close either of these two outstanding service providers.

In their respective way, the exceptional care Milton Grange and Firwood House provide, around dementia respite, therapy and rehabilitation, is second to none and they serve residents way beyond our town.

Your support today and the 9,000+ who have already signed the online petition (http://bit.ly/CountyCutsPet) shows just how determined we are to force County Hall to listen to us and to stop their proposed closures!!

Also, if you haven't filled out their consultation yet, please do so. I need the numbers to really stack up so ESCC hear loud and clear what we think, and the dreadful impact such a closure will have on so many vulnerable residents. Please see the link here: http://bit.ly/CCeCnslt

February 9, 2018 2:14 PM
By Stephen Lloyd

HOCOn the 6th February, in the House of Commons' Chamber, I got a promise of a meeting with a Health Minister to discuss securing the future of Milton Grange and Firwood House - two vital service providers for our town. Consequently, I've just written to the Leader of East Sussex County Council and his Deputy, David Elkin, who is, as you know in charge of the finances so that we can lobby to save Milton Grange and Firwood House together. This issue is far too important to allow petty party politics to play a role! I hope they will join me so we can work in harness to save these two outstanding homes.

Please see the link to my question here: http://bit.ly/DHSCQue

There will be a consultation on the County Council's proposals to close the services going out to the public, apparently, around 13th February with the final decision being taken by the County Cabinet in June. As soon as I have more details about how you can take part in the consultation I will post the link. Keep your eyes open!

Locally I was, however, unhappy that this morning the Conservative-Controlled County Council Meeting in Lewes voted against a Lib Dem amendment to their budget, proposed by my colleague Cllr Tutt, aimed at taking cuts to Milton Grange and Firwood House off the table. Very disappointing.

If you would like to write to the two key Eastbourne County Councillors involved to let them know of your opposition to these cuts, Cllr Elkin & Cllr Belsey, please click the link below for template letters.


Equally, if you have not signed the petition, click here: http://bit.ly/CountyCutsPet

I have been overwhelmed by the enormous support from the town (and beyond) of so many local people who recognise that every step must be taken to retain these two outstanding respite homes, Milton Grange and Firwood House.

Thank you for turning out folks. Appreciated.