WIRRAL Council plans to close its Moreton day centre for adults with physical and learning difficulties.
The council announced the decision this morning, saying the Moreton centre offered less "added value" than Eastham and Heswall, which had also been at risk.
People who use the centres and their families had staged protests when it emerged one would close, saying they offered a vital lifeline.
This morning Graham Hodkinson, Wirral’s director of adult social care, said: ‘We know how passionately people feel about their centres, but we have no option but to look at closing one of them.
‘Wirral must save £109 million over the next three years. A large proportion of the council’s budget is spent on social care, particularly for adults.
"Compared to similar authorities, Wirral’s costs relating to day services are in the top 20%, and our costs per person are in the top 10%. We have to deliver these services more cost effectively.
"The recommendation to close Moreton has been made primarily due to the size and design of the service, and also because it is furtherest away from our desired vision of delivering services for people with disabilities in much smaller settings rather than large day centres.
"The consultation on our preferred option will now continue until June 5."
He added: ‘The findings of this consultation will be reported to Cabinet in early June. No closure will take place before this date.
"I would like to emphasise our concern for the welfare and wellbeing of everyone who uses our services, their families and our own staff, who we know take great pride in their work and need our support."