Hopes fade of Eden Park centre re-think

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FIFE Council appears to have snuffed out any hopes of a U-turn over its decision to close the Eden Park children’s centre in Cupar.

But the local authority has vowed that families will still have access to residential respite care when the much-loved facility shuts.

In a letter to Cupar councillor Bryan Poole, social work chief Stephen Moore said the council had no plans to reconsider the controversial move.

More than 1500 people have signed a petition urging the local authority to think again.

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However, social work service manager Dave Wright told the Fife Herald residential respite care would continue to be available post-closure.

He said: “The welfare of the families and children involved comes first which is why we have been meeting with families individually to discuss their needs. This is nearly complete.

“We do not want to anticipate the results from the ongoing work to establish the respite care needs for this group of children and families but have reassured those using Eden Park that residential respite will continue to be available if it is needed.”

Mr Wright added that nothing would change without suitable alternatives being in place.

Councillor Poole questioned whether elected members of the SNP/Lib Dem administration had been given a full picture of the impact closure would have on families before voting to shut the centre.

He pointed to comments Mr Moore had made in a letter to Cupar Community Council stating the deapartment was still seeking an up-to-date picture of families’ needs.

Responding to Councillor Poole, Mr Moore wrote: “As I am sure you will appreciate, families’ needs continually change and evolve, and on that basis it is sensible and appropriate for the service to make sure it has the most up-to-date information during this current process.”

Councillor Poole called on the local authority to put the move on hold until a new council is formed following next month’s elections, adding that to continue with the closure as things stand would be “unacceptable”.