Council told ‘residents feel betrayed by the cuts’
Parents ask for ‘lifeline’ children’s centres to be kept open
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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