Mother’s fury at plans to close adult learning difficulties centreCouncil plans to close Mulberry Centre on Sealand Road12:50, 31 JUL 2014Karen Shannon and daughter Tyler Whelan Karen Shannon’s 22 year old daughter Tyler has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is partially sighted but loves attending the Mulberry Centre in Sealand Road, Chester, where she receives one to one care in a purpose built spacious facility with gardens and a theatre.Karen, from Durham Road, Blacon , says the centre gives her respite from the challenges of being a parent to someone with high dependency needs and, most importantly, Tyler is ‘happy’ there.The mother of six is among people being consulted over closure plans by the council’s care provider Vivo.She believes the real strategy is to sell off the valuable land at the Mulberry and use some of the money to convert Lightfoot Lodge in Hoole which mainly provides older peoples’ day care services into a full time centre for adults with special needs.A council document uncovered by The Chronicle reveals the closure of Mulberry was considered as long ago as 2010 11.”I think they will get more money for this place than what it will cost them to do Lightfoot Lodge up,” said Karen, who would have concerns around the suitability of Lightfoot Lodge and said the alternative day centre at Canal Street in the city centre had safety issues because it was not secure and next to the canal.She added: “I’m absolutely disgusted. The parents of the other kids must be going through the same. We all want what is best for our children.
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