Mother makes plea for Larbert centre rethink

Rowans supporters protested at the council buildings last month
Rowans supporters protested at the council buildings last month

A mum has made an impassioned plea to Falkirk Council to save an under-the-axe adult respite centre.

Diane Fitzpatrick, who was speaking on behalf of 52 families who use The Rowans in Larbert, told of the “huge impact” closing the facility would have on parents and carers.

In December, the council announced it was to review the service, and put forward the option of closing the unit to save £100,000.

However, Ms Fitzpatrick accused the council of not consulting with any of the service users or their families and leaving them in the lurch by offering no alternatives.

She said: “As far as we know the Rowans is closing, and I have been trying to speak to councillors about the difficulties this will cause.

“As parents and carers, we have huge concerns about the way the council has come to this decision.

“You have no idea the impact this will have on people, and all the things that should have been done haven’t been.

“No one has been consulted, and we do not know what the alternatives are.

“We want to ask you to re-consider and if it is up for discussion, please can we have it done properly?

“The last few months have been horrendous for us.”

Ms Fitzpatrick was invited to speak at a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) after supporters of Rowans had protested outside the municipal buildings last month.

At the meeting Provost Pat Reid assured Rowans representatives that no final decision had been taken.

Ms Fitzpatrick said: “As far as we’ve concerned it’s closing and that’s it. You cannot make a booking after December.”

Margaret Anderson, head of social work said that consultation was planned with parents and carers over the summer and early autumn.

A further report will come back to councillors in August.