Protest over children’s centre private meeting
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.”