I feel I must respond to the articles in the Wigan Observer dated 2nd July 2013 regarding the closure of The Pines, Kitt Green. I feel angry that Councillor Cunliffe has attempted to muddy the waters when your correspondent allowed Wigan Council to explain the care home changes.
Putting it simply, there is NO comparison between The Pines care home providing 24 hour care to severely disabled people and a supported housing project at Upper Dicconson Street, where periodical housing-related support and limited care will be provided.
I fully agree with your editorial in the same paper when you say "Individual care is still the priority."
Wigan's Community Action Party is opposed to the closure of The Pines. Our reasons are very simple as your editorial implies.
On this, we fully trust the judgement of the families of the residents who believe in the much-valued care their loved ones are receiving at The Pines and want to stay put rather than a local authority who are on a mission to persuade the public that they think they know best over these families ?
The Community Action Party government petition to oppose the closure of The Pines is approaching 5,000 signatures of support. You can sign online at - http://epetitions.direct.gov.
uk/petitions/51014 (The Pines - Wigan).
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party