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Day centre users demand better facilities

31st March 2006

Users of a mental health day centre in north London could soon have cause for a double celebration, according to the Ham&High Broadway.

The Jamestown day centre in Chalk Farm won a legal battle with Camden Council last week allowing the centre to remain open.

The council had been considering the closure of the centre since July and has reportedly allowed services to drop since, including the withdrawal of its lunches just prior to Christmas.

Now, users are demanding the council gives the centre the attention it deserves, claiming that it is in dire need of repairs.

Users have been without hot water and heating since November, when the boiler broke.

Centre regular Leo McLaughlin said: "One toilet has been broken for three months. They have treated the users abysmally. When we started the case they began getting rid of services to try to beat us. They wanted us out."

It is hoped last week's high court ruling will now prompt the council to give the centre the long term investment it needs.