Call for debate on closure of seven 'underused' day centres across Lincolnshire
Councillors have called for a proper debate before the closure of seven "underused" day centres across Lincolnshire is rubber-stamped.
Lincolnshire County Council plans to close facilities in Lincoln, Sleaford, Louth, Boston and Market Rasen by April if recommendations are approved.
The final decision will be made by adult social care boss Graham Marsh.
But now Labour county councillor John Hough has urged for scrutiny of the proposals before the day centres are axed.
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He said: "The fact there is no scrutiny of this decision is scandalous.
"This has to go through a meeting where members from different parties are present," he added.
Marianne Overton, leader of the opposition at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "These plans desperately need to be scrutinised.
"It shouldn't be up to one man to make the decision."
The council says the proposal to close the centres came about because they were rarely being used and were no longer viable.
It comes 10 months after leader of the council Martin Hill said no day centres would close before a discussion was had at an executive meeting.
Graham Marsh, the executive member for adult social care at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It would be highly irresponsible of us to continue spending over £72,000 of taxpayers' money each year keeping seven underused buildings open for, as in one case, just two people for one day a week.
"Having received no feedback of concerns at all, we've spoken directly with all 45 families.
''They tell us they understand the move – with the vast majority believing it will mean an improvement for them.
''Naturally we'll support the needs of service users in ensuring a smooth transition," he added.