October opening date for revamped day centre

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A £1 million town day centre is due to open in mid-October.

The Well Street Centre, in Buckingham, is in the last stages of construction before being fitted out with the latest facilities so it can welcome clients to its day services.

As well as adapted toilets, the redesign also includes an internal courtyard and a small garden overlooking the River Great Ouse.

The centre is one of six in the county which are designed to provide day services to the elderly and people with learning disabilities. They replace the 22 centres previously run by Bucks County Council, which includes the Red Cross day centre in Verney Close whose clients will transfer to the Well Street Centre when it opens.

The new centre has been developed within the shell of the original Victorian school buildings, so that the period character of the street is retained as part of the Buckingham Conservation Area.

Councillor for health and wellbeing, Patricia Birchley, said: “I’m so pleased that we’re nearing the completion of another of our day opportunities centres, which are key to our provision of up-to-date, quality daycare to people in Bucks.

“The design of the centre will mean that state-of-the-art facilities can be provided while at the same time retaining the outward character of a well-liked building within Buckingham’s conservation area that will also benefit the local community.”

All six of the day opportunities centres will be managed by Bucks Care, the trading company of the county council, launched last October, which employs more than 250 people.

Managing director of Bucks Care, Martin Farrow, said: “We’re looking forward to managing another new day opportunities centre on behalf of the county council. Our centre in Aylesbury, and the range of enlivening and fun activities we provide, has made a great impression with many clients and we are constantly striving to redefine day care there.

“This new facility in Buckingham will be a further extension of Buckinghamshire Care’s ethos and reflects the positive impact we aim to achieve in the town for many years to come.”

The building in Verney Close is owned by the county council, and is part of the current county-wide review of the council’s property portfolio.