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Islington Council pledges to keep Sotheby Mews Day Centre open amid closure fears

Pensioners protest about the possible closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre Pensioners protest about the possible closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre

By Prudence Ivey
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 AM

Town hall chiefs have assured residents that the Sotheby Mews Day Centre in Highbury will remain open following concerns about its future.

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The centre, in Sotheby Road, faced the axe in 2011 following major cuts to council budgets.

The move prompted a passionate campaign by elderly members and Liberal Democrat councillors to save the site and Islington Council reversed its decision.

However, fears were again raised about the centre’s future during the annual meeting of the Highbury Community Association, with some residents claiming that the council had not committed to funding the day centre after the existing contract expired.

The council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Janet Burgess, confirmed that the centre would remain open and told the Gazette: “There are no plans at all to close the Sotheby Mews Day Centre.”

The centre is managed by Highbury Roundhouse, which runs community services from the Sotheby Mews site, while negotiations are under way over the future of the Roundhouse’s Ronalds Road premises.

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