CAMPAIGNERS bidding to save Sutton Beeches care home met with council officers to sound out ideas that might secure its survival.
A Policy Development Board meeting between councillors and officers was held in private on July 28.
The proposal was discussed with executive member and adult social care and health portfolio holder, Cllr Brenda Dowding.
Labour councillors campaigning for the survival of Sutton Beeches exchanged ideas over the future of the Alvanley Road facility as the authority is planning to build a 72-bedroomed centre in Newton, Chester. If that gets the green light and opens in 2012, Sutton Beeches would be closed.
Labour councillor Angela Claydon used Sutton Beeches when both her parents were in need of its services. She said: “We made the point that whatever facility there was should still be in Ellesmere Port, perhaps with one in Chester and one in Ellesmere Port.
“The difficulty is finding the funding for that.
“We're concerned the people in Ellesmere Port will lose the facility. You could either upgrade Sutton Beeches or build a new Sutton Beeches.”
Council officers are looking at what was discussed before putting the full options on the table.
A Facebook group called ‘Save Sutton Beeches’ has in excess of 400 members while more than 500 people have signed a petition opposing the plan.