A MENTAL health drop-in centre is fighting for its future with the help of local residents.
Centre 67 on Rhosddu Road has been earmarked for closure in October.
But neighbours of the centre have sent a petition to Prime Minister Tony Blair asking him to intervene and save it.
A Management Review of Day Opportunities Services for Younger Adults in October 2003 reviewed Centre 67, Plas yn Rhos and the Cunliffe Centre and suggested the worst performer, Centre 67, was closed to save money and concentrate resources.
Since the closure of the mental health day hospital in Wrexham in August 2002, Centre 67 has not filled the gap for the area of Wrexham it covers, failing to attract patients at the levels originally intended.
Instead people with mental health needs choose to go to the Belmont House drop-in centre run by the Belmont Road Partnership voluntary group, which offered a similar style of care to the day hospital.
The centre is also not compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act as it has poor disabled access.
But a campaign is mounting to save the centre led by local residents and MP Ian Lucas.
'I am surprised and heartened that constituents who live near the centre are concerned about its closure,' said Mr Lucas. 'It is interesting, as often people campaign against such a facility. Instead these residents, who are not clients of the centre, are fighting to keep it because they recognise its value.
'The centre currently helps some of the most vulnerable members of Wrexham's community. It provides a familiar and welcoming point of contact for many people and I fail to see how its closure will help them.'
Sheila Wentworth, assistant chief social services officer for Adult Services, said an alternative provision would be made for current users of the centre before it is closed for good.
'Following the review a need to integrate services was agreed,' she said.
'It has been agreed that alternative services will be provided for those who require ongoing support and help with maintaining their independence.
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