Plans for Petworth ‘day care’ socials

PETWORTH town councillors are to investigate the possibility of offering facilities for elderly people one day a week at Hampers Green Centre.

At a recent meeting of the council Juliet Fynes told fellow members she had met with Tracey Taylor-Beck from West Sussex Age UK, which has been commissioned by Rother Valley Together to run day care services at the Grange Centre in Midhurst.

They discussed the possibility of using the Hampers Green Centre on Wednesdays, the day there was no day care at Midhurst.

Mrs Fynes said she did not envisage providing day care facilities at Hampers Green, but more of a social gathering for older people which she hoped would have a wider attraction.

She asked Petworth town councillors if they would consider paying the cost of hiring the hall if the project went ahead. This would be in the region of £l,500 for a year.

But fellow town councillor Tony Sneller, who is also a member of the Rother Valley Together (RVT) group, told the meeting funding for day care services in the Rother Valley came from the group.

Town councillors decided to seek a meeting with RVT to try to progress a Petworth scheme.

They have decided to spend their remaining S106 developers funds – some £21,000 from the Persimmon Homes development – on a new kitchen at the Hampers Green Centre.

They have asked their clerk, Jean Huggett, to take the application forward to Chichester District Council.