Southend's Avro centre in Southend set to move to three venues in Southend, Southchurch and Leigh

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DAY services used by more than 170 people with learning disabilities are set to move.

Officers are to recommend Southend Council close the Avro part of the Avro Viking Centre, in Avro Road, Southend, transferring services to Alexandra Street, Southend, St James the Great Church hall, in Elmsleigh Drive, Leigh, and Southend Adult Community College, in Ambleside Drive, Southchurch.

Lesley Salter, Southend councillor responsible for adult social care, said a pilot study carried to see if a better service could be provided from Alexandra Street where service users were at the centre of the community and close to ordinary shopping areas and the seafront had been a success.

She said: “We found many people have been able to travel to Alexandra Street independently due to the better transport links."

More than half of the 295 people who responded to a consultation backed the plan, with only 14 per cent opposed.

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10:06am Fri 31 Jan 14

Point-of-view says...

So sad, The Avro centre has been providing a fabulous service for the community for a number of years. Such a shame that Southend council have decided to shut it down. I get the PR slant regarding better public transport & closer to shops, however, Avro is the "Hub" of activity and from now on they will be broken up into smaller groups.
It's such a shame that every time Southend Council need to save money they seem to chose the leaning disabilities groups to slash services.... "Shelford", "Saxon Lodge" and "Maybrook" spring to mind.
My brother attended Avro for many years loved every minute of it there, so many happy memories. I hope that Southend Council's distribution of the service users doesn't ruin such a great community service.
So sad, The Avro centre has been providing a fabulous service for the community for a number of years. Such a shame that Southend council have decided to shut it down. I get the PR slant regarding better public transport & closer to shops, however, Avro is the "Hub" of activity and from now on they will be broken up into smaller groups. It's such a shame that every time Southend Council need to save money they seem to chose the leaning disabilities groups to slash services.... "Shelford", "Saxon Lodge" and "Maybrook" spring to mind. My brother attended Avro for many years loved every minute of it there, so many happy memories. I hope that Southend Council's distribution of the service users doesn't ruin such a great community service. Point-of-view
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