Coun­cil told ‘res­i­dents feel be­trayed by the cuts’

Par­ents ask for ‘life­line’ chil­dren’s cen­tres to be kept open

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some­thing that was done to us.

“Our views haven’t been taken into ac­count and we feel there hasn’t been a trans­parency in the process.”

Coun­cil­lor David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, who heard the pe­ti­tions said about the bud­gets: “As a coun­cil we have to set a bud­get each year and each year we need to make that bud­get bal­anced and we look to do that the best way we can by re­view­ing ev­ery as­pect of ser­vices that the coun­cil pro­vides.

“Whilst I am con­cerned about the im­pact it will have on in­di­vid­u­als, I make no apol­ogy for the fact that on be­half of our res­i­dents we will al­ways do that, we will al­ways try to see if there’s a bet­ter, more ef­fi­cient way to do what we can.”

The pro­pos­als come as part of a £415,000 sav­ing to the coun­cil’s bud­get, con­sist­ing of £200,000 sav­ings from “chil­dren cen­tre ex­pen­di­ture” and £215,000 de­scribed as a “re­view of chil­dren cen­tre de­liv­ery model”.

Hilling­don Coun­cil is plan­ning to close cen­tres at Uxbridge Col­lege in Cold­har­bour Lane, Hayes and at Hill­side Pri­mary School in North­wood Way, North­wood from April 2017.

Each cen­tre serves around 800 to 1,000 chil­dren un­der the age of five.

The chil­dren’s cen­tre at Hill­side Pri­mary School, North­wood, and at Uxbridge Col­lege in Hayes


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