Fight for children’s centre goes on
CAMPAIGNERS are taking legal advice on the potential to challenge the decision to axe four children’s centres.
Cheshire East Council voted three weeks ago to ‘de-designate’ the centres at Broken Cross in Macclesfield, Nantwich, Sandbach and Knutsford and replace them with mobile services. It followed a failed appeal by Labour to use £500,000 of extra Government funding to save them.
But campaigners have vowed to fight on, and they have been in talks with protestors across the country facing similar threats.
Maeve Kelly, from the Friends of Cheshire East Children’s Sure Start Centres campaign, said she believes the decision was a financial one and not in the best interests of the children.
She said: “We’re looking at legal opinions. We believe this is something we could challenge on discrimination grounds.
“They’re going ahead with something and we don’t think there’s sufficient planning behind it. This campaign is going to go on.”
Council leader Rachel Bailey said that by taking an early decision now the council is safeguarding children’s services for the future.