SER­VICE NOT WELL USED

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

KENT County Coun­cil said a poor level of ser­vice and low num­bers of chil­dren us­ing Kids has led to the con­tract be­ing ter­mi­nated. Dr Tony Robin­son, cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “At Kent County Coun­cil we recog­nise the im­por­tance to dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies of pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate lively and in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for them. “We re­cently de­cided to ter­mi­nate this con­tract as Kids were not pro­vid­ing the high lev­els of ser­vice we feel par­ents have the right to ex­pect.” Dr Robin­son said play schemes held last sum­mer had been half empty and no ac­tiv­i­ties what­so­ever had been pro­vided for three weeks. He claimed Kids had re­fused to pro­vide play schemes this Easter. Par­ents have been told al­ter­na­tive ser­vices, both week­end and hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties, will be pro­vided in the near fu­ture, and a day of play schemes has been or­gan­ised for the Easter break. When ques­tioned on the short no­tice given to par­ents, KCC spokesman Emma Burns said there had been prob­lems with the ser­vice for 18 months and some con­sul­ta­tion had al­ready taken place with par­ents. She said ques­tion­naires were sent out to 250 fam­i­lies last De­cem­ber ask­ing for feed­back on Kids and what ser­vices par­ents would like to see for dis­abled young­sters. Only 17 per cent re­sponded to the ques­tion­naires and only seven peo­ple at­tended a meet­ing in Ash­ford to dis­cuss the re­sults.

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Suzanne Pro­drick and her son Michael, eight, are up­set at the clo­sure of the Satur­day fun club at East Stour Pri­mary School

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