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Rotherham: Meetings are your chance to discuss children’s centre closures

Guardian News

Guardian News

  • by By Sophie Wills
 

Five extra public events have been organised as part of the consultation on the future of Rotherham’s Children’s Centres.

Residents are encouraged to make their views known on the proposal by Rotherham Borough Council to reduce the number of centres from 22 to nine due to budget constraints.

You can do this by posting comments and feedback via an online questionnaire on the council’s website at www.rotherham.gov.uk as well as by attending any of the following public meetings.

Wednesday 19th March at Dinnington Community Primary School (for the users of the Maltby and Dinnington centres)

Monday 31st March at Thurcroft Infant School, Thurcroft (for users at Aughton Early Years, Meadows, Sue Walker, Ryton Brook and Thurcroft centres.)

Thursday 3rd April at Wales High School, Storth Lane, Kiveton Park (for users of the Aughton Early Years, Meadows, Sue Walker, Ryton Brook and Thurcroft centres)

Tuesday 8th April at Aston Parish Hall, Aston (for users at Aughton Early years, meadows, Sue Walker, Ryton Brook, Thurcroft centres)

Wednesday 9th April at Maltby Crags Community School, Strauss Crescent, Maltby (for users at the Maltby and Dinnington centres)

Council officers will be on hand to explain the proposals.

Coun Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children and young peoples’ services, urged parents to attend the meetings and make their views known.

He said: “This has not been an easy decision and we do not want to take this action but I hope parents take time out to attend the meetings and hear first-hand what is being proposed. Our Children’s Centres play a vital role. But the truth is, thanks to Government’s cuts, we simply have no option but to reduce the service.”

 

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