Historic building to be boarded up

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BUCKINGHAM’S Well Street Centre has been decommissioned and is about to be boarded up, according to Bucks County Council (BCC).

The future of the iconic former school building has been in doubt since BCC announced its proposals to transform the delivery of adult day services last year.

The county council plan is to use money released from selling off some of the 22 buildings it owns throughout the county to create a network of ‘fit for purpose’ buildings.

The new centres will provide for vulnerable adults who need a building-based day service. Service users with less complex needs will be encouraged to take advantage of community-based services and activities.

One of the new buildings is due to be sited in Buckingham.

People who used to receive county council-provided day services at the Well Street Centre have been moved to the Buckingham Centre, in Verney Close. And community organisations which have for many years used the centre as a reasonably priced meeting place have had to find alternative accommodation.

Now questions are being asked about what is going to happen to the Well Street Centre.

A BCC spokesman said: “The Well Street Centre is no longer in use by the community.

“It is one of the options being considered for the new site.”

Plans for the new day centres are moving ahead, and next Tuesday there’s a chance to view and comment on the architects’ designs before they are finalised, at a drop-in session at Buckingham Library from 10am to noon.

ADP Architects, who were employed by BCC to develop the plans, will be on hand to talk people through the plans and listen to comments.

ADP Architects have taken feedback from the public consultation held last year and have also met with carers, staff and providers.

Copies of the plans will also be available for service users and their carers to view in the Red Cross Centre for two weeks.