Herefordshire Council will be considering proposals published this week on the future of Canal Road.
A contract award notice will be available on the council’s website on Friday (21st March), which will be considered by the cabinet member for health and wellbeing on 31st March.
Herefordshire Council currently runs a service for adults with disabilities at Canal Road. Last year, the council announced it planned to change the way adult social care is provided in order to encourage and support people to live independently and stay healthy for as long as possible. The council said it wanted to see more people taking control of choosing and purchasing their own services under the nationalisation agenda and pledged to look at alternative ways to provide these services.
Since then it has been working with people who use the service at Canal Road, their families, staff and commissioners to look at alternative ways of meeting their needs. In response to demand, the council put a membership-based scheme out to tender. This week, it will issue a contract award notice to consider whether to approve a bid submitted by local charity, Aspire Living Ltd.
Aspire is proposing to transfer its activities from Hereford’s Tan Brook Centre to Canal Road and, at the same time, provide a membership-based programme of activities for Canal Road customers and extend the service to more people.
If the proposals are approved, Aspire Living Ltd will move to Canal Road during the Easter weekend break.