Leicester

Douglas Bader centre to reopen after refit

Protesters in Leicester
Image caption Campaigners had said the centre offered a lifeline for its users

A Leicester day centre which had been the focus of a dispute over its future is to reopen, officials have said.

About 100 disabled people used the Douglas Bader Centre on Malabar Road until it was shut in July following a fire safety inspection.

They had campaigned for it to reopen insisting alternative buildings were not suitable for their needs.

The city council has now said it will get a £100,000 refurbishment but said its operation will be overhauled.

Users and their families had written letters to councillors and staged a protest outside city hall.

The council said the centre which provides educational and social facilities will now reopen in December.

But they added that with a national shake-up of the way care is funded the running of the Douglas Bader centre was to be reviewed.

Councillor Rory Palmer said: "The works will deal with the immediate health and safety issues but this will enable the current group of users to return to a centre that they feel comfortable in.

"I am also certain that the roll out of personal budgets will benefit the group, as it will allow them to have greater control, flexibility and choice over how and where their service is run in the future."

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