Save Riverside and Queens Road Day Centre Services

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Southwark Council have in the last few weeks sent a notice of eviction to The Camden Society, informing them that the doors to its vital services provided to some of Southwark's most disabled adults must be closed. The Riverside/Bermondsey building is set to close in November 2017, Queens Road Peckham building is closing on 31st July 2017.

With no consultations taking place, no planning processes or procedures being followed it has brought about a very difficult time for every single one of the 160 service users, the families, and the staff at The Camden Society.

Councillor Richard Livingstone: Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Financial Inclusion and David Quirke-Thornton: Strategic Director of Children's and Adult Services have both changed their direction regarding the closures, dependent on the question being put to them from the Parent/Carers, and The Camden Society staff. However the facts surrounding what is being put upon them is clear.

Southwark Council are about to evict all the service users from the Queens Road site in Peckham, a building that they say is not fit for purpose for those who are physically disabled with complex medical needs despite imposing the failing building upon them and refusing to make good for over 2 years. Instead Southwark Council wish to take the Queens Road building for themselves to renovate into council offices for their own staff at Southwark within Adult and Financial Inclusion and Children's Social Care.

The service users of The Riverside in Bermondsey who have varying disabilities of differing complexities some of which are severe, are being told that they cannot access the building that they recognise, they are being forced to leave while simultaneously having their choices taken away from them and all the while not understanding what is happening or why. The truth is that Southwark Council had decided in 2015 that The Riverside site is more profitable by putting the area to tender for redevelopers to build 42 homes on, and disregarding the most needy and reliant of its residents.

This is not lawful.
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