We know that some residents are still concerned about the issues of care homes in our area. We just found a webpage that shows that the Rayleigh Lib Dems were thinking about this issue as far back as 1998:
Rayleigh residents petition to save Sweyne Court
A petition of Rayleigh residents opposed to the sale of Sweyne Court, collected by Rayleigh Town Councillor Peggy Pearse, was today (Tuesday 17 November) presented to the county council
Rayleigh Liberal Democrat County Councillor Richard Boyd presented the petition to the Conservative Chairman of the Social Services Committee, Cllr Joe Pike at today’s full meeting of the County Council. He said:
“Many local residents are deeply concerned about the effects of the Conservatives’ wholesale privatisation of Older People’s Homes, as this petition shows. The proposals could deny people choice, make it more difficult for the county council to monitor standards and lead to local private monopolies.
“I want to thank Peggy Pearse and all those who signed the petition for making their voice heard. As Peggy Pearse says, Sweyne Court is a great asset to the community. The Conservatives should now listen to local people’s views.”
The proposals will be debated and voted upon at a Special Meeting of the Social Services Committee on Thursday 26 November.