Fight for chil­dren’s cen­tre goes on

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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