Protest over chil­dren’s cen­tre pri­vate meet­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

CAM­PAIGN­ERS protested out­side coun­cil head­quar­ters as a pri­vate meet­ing was held on plans to change how chil­dren’s cen­tres are run.

Friends of Cheshire East Chil­dren’s Sure Start Cen­tres protested over the fact that the Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies Over­view and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee – which is over­see­ing plans to ‘de-des­ig­nate’ four chil­dren’s cen­tres – held a meet­ing in pri­vate.

The plans mean chil­dren’s cen­tres, in­clud­ing Bro­ken Cross, will be leased by Wir­ral Com­mu­nity NHS Trust, which will run ser­vices.

Bosses say all ser­vices will re­main. Cam­paigner Maeve Kelly said: “We protest this se­cret meet­ing in a call for open­ness and trans­parency.

“Cheshire East has made con­ces­sions but we be­lieve it’s a tem­po­rary mea­sure.”

Coun Liz Durham, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “The scru­tiny com­mit­tee re­quested the meet­ing to ques­tion of­fi­cers in­for­mally about the pro­pos­als.

“We are not clos­ing the cen­tres, we are de-des­ig­nat­ing them. We will de­liver ser­vices from each build­ing but more as satel­lite cen­tres.”

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