Sotheby Mews Day Centre campaigners plan town hall protest
Pensioners are furious as their Highbury care centre is set to close
15 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch
Three users from Sotheby Mews present at the Highbury East ward meeting
PENSIONERS in Highbury who are furious at the closure of their day centre have vowed to take their protest to the steps of the town hall on Thursday.
The decision to shut Sotheby Mews Day Centre was made without consulting users, they claim.
Town Hall chiefs have repeatedly failed to meet elderly users to discuss the move, according to a group of over-65s at a ward partnership meeting on Wednesday.
“The centre is not dilapidated. It’s a lovely centre,” said Irma Gomez, 80, at the meeting in the centre off Highbury Grove. “Why did they [Town Hall chiefs] make this decision without coming here to see what kind of services it offers?”
Pensioners fear they will not receive the same services at the new Highbury Roundhouse community centre a mile-and-half away.
Centre users have said they will protest at the Town Hall before the full council meeting on Thursday, accompanied by a band playing music penned by themselves.
The Town Hall has said the move will see much- needed social housing built on the Sotheby Mews site.
A full range of services will be offered at Highbury Roundhouse, it maintains.