Joe, Margaret McDougall MSP and Cllr Ian Clarkson have reiterated their calls to secure a future for Red Cross House.
The Labour politicians met with the Red Cross Operations Director for ‘Options for Independence’ on 11th December 2015 following their announcement that they planned to close Red Cross House. It was explained that the charities board had made a strategic decision to end ‘residential care services.’ Later that afternoon they wrote to the Chief Executive of the Red Cross to call on them to reverse their decision. They were emailed a response this afternoon (15th February) outlining the reasons for their decision and stating that they are open to other providers taking over the facility.
Since then a number of parties have come forward with an interest in taking over Red Cross House. The Labour politicians are calling on these discussions to successfully secure a future for the facility, the services it provides and the 77 associated jobs.
Commenting on the issue, Councillor Cullinane, said;
“We said in December that we would do everything possible to fight to save Red Cross House and we continue to do that.”
“This is a strategic decision made by Red Cross bosses, not a financial one. There is no logical reason that the services provided at Red Cross House should end or that the facility should close. We will work with others to campaign to save the facility and we would work with any interested party who wishes to take over the facility and protect the services and jobs. However, should that not come to fruition we will continue to put pressure on the Red Cross to reverse their decision."
Irvine West Councillor Ian Clarkson, who has asked Council officers a number of questions about jobs and service users, added;
“We have asked questions of the Red Cross and the Council and told them both that we are available to speak with them to secure a future for Red Cross House. We are concerned about the residents and workers at Red Cross House and with time running out we are now going to force the issue.”