Next week sees the first of several public consultation events where people in our area can discuss proposals to close 13 of Rotherham’s Children’s Centres.
Rotherham Council is currently in the midst of a consultation on the plans, which could see its SureStart centres whittled down from 22 to just nine.
The all important dates are:
• Monday 31st March at Thurcroft Infant School, Thurcroft 6 - 7pm (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 6 - 7pm (for users of the Aughton Early Years, Meadows, Sue Walker, Ryton Brook and Thurcroft centres)
• Monday 7th April Dinnington Community Primary School 6 - 7pm (for users at the Maltby and Dinnington centres)
• Tuesday 8th April at Aston Parish Hall, Aston 6 - 7pm (for users at Aughton Early years, meadows, Sue Walker, Ryton Brook, Thurcroft centres)
• Wednesday 9th April at Maltby Crags Community School, Strauss Crescent, Maltby 6 - 7pm (for users at the Maltby and Dinnington centres)
Residents are encouraged to make their views known by attending the events to find out how the proposed changes could affect them, and by posting comments and feedback via an online questionnaire on the council’s website at www.rotherham.gov.uk
Council officers will be on hand at each event 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.”