Children’s centre closures approved
COUNCIL chiefs are to press forward with plans to axe a Macclesfield children’s centre to save money.
Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has rubberstamped proposals to shut four of its 11 children’s centres, including one in Broken Cross, at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday).
Council officers say this will lead to a total saving of £500,000 operational costs, with the closure of Broken Cross Children’s Centre saving £40,000.
But Coun Nick Mannion, who represents Macclesfield West and Ivy ward, said Labour councillors will fight the decision, which will be debated at the full council meeting on Thursday.
He said: “Seven hundred and eighty people signed a petition to keep Broken Cross open. This has been ignored and the council and pushing on with its original proposals.
“There are hints and promises that everything will be okay, but nothing definite. This uncertainty is causing a lot of worry.”
The meeting at the council’s headquarters in Sandbach was preceded by a march from protestors against the plans.
Protestors say closing the existing centres will affect the most vulnerable families in the borough.
They also argue money is now available to keep them open, as two weeks ago the government announced an extra £6m of funding for Cheshire East over the next two years.
Meanwhile, hopes that Wirral Community Health Trust could take over certain services at Broken Cross have been quashed. Parents will now have to access services at Ashgrove or Hurdsfield children’s centres.