Parents react angrily to children's centre cuts

Braintree and Witham Times: Parents react angrily to children's centre cuts Parents react angrily to children's centre cuts

Parents have hit out at plans to slash the opening hours of a popular children’s centre after councillors rubberstamped the decision.

On Monday, Essex County Council cabinet members approved a report recommending that the Roundabout Children’s Centre in Cressing Road, Braintree, opens for just 10 hours per week instead of 42.5.

It was one of a raft of ideas, which included changing The Harlequin Centre, in Spa Road, from 50 hours per week to 40 hours and ten hours telephone service.

The Little Lanes Children’s Centre, based at the Cornerstone Church, in Black Notley, is set to close completely.

Single mum Hannah Baker, 29, of Virgil Road, Witham, uses the Roundabout centre to go to classes with her two-year-old son Keaton, and to also resit her English and maths GCSE.

She said: “It is very important, it is like an extra support system for me, they help me with advice and are helping me to get a job.

“It is going to leave a big hole as it is very popular.

“I will miss it being open all the time.”

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2:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I'm neither qualified nor sufficiently informed to offer any opinion on the actual decision that has been made in respect of the revised opening hours for the Roundabout Children’s Centre.

What I do find to be somewhat invidious however is the use of the term 'Rubber Stamped. It is suggestive of the Council having acted peremptorily as opposed to having addressed the matter in a proper diplomatically free and open fashion.

If this really is the case I would have hoped for much more journalistic attention to this aspect rather than just have such a rather provocative phrase 'thrown in' with no further justification of its use.
I'm neither qualified nor sufficiently informed to offer any opinion on the actual decision that has been made in respect of the revised opening hours for the Roundabout Children’s Centre. What I do find to be somewhat invidious however is the use of the term 'Rubber Stamped. It is suggestive of the Council having acted peremptorily as opposed to having addressed the matter in a proper diplomatically free and open fashion. If this really is the case I would have hoped for much more journalistic attention to this aspect rather than just have such a rather provocative phrase 'thrown in' with no further justification of its use. OMPITA [Intl]

3:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

LeQueen says...

Why are these centres even necessary? I've managed to bring up two, well rounded young men without stepping foot in a children's centre.
Why are these centres even necessary? I've managed to bring up two, well rounded young men without stepping foot in a children's centre. LeQueen

4:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Make it user pays!

I'm tired of my council tax going to these areas...
Make it user pays! I'm tired of my council tax going to these areas... Jack222

8:57pm Sat 25 Jan 14

James Abbott says...

The decision was rubberstamped because despite a consultation where over 1000 reps from residents, councils and organisations was sent in - often with specific suggestions for individual centres - the ECC Cabinet made exactly the same decision as was originally proposed for all the centres in Braintree District and Maldon District. The consultation was a waste of time. They don't listen.
The decision was rubberstamped because despite a consultation where over 1000 reps from residents, councils and organisations was sent in - often with specific suggestions for individual centres - the ECC Cabinet made exactly the same decision as was originally proposed for all the centres in Braintree District and Maldon District. The consultation was a waste of time. They don't listen. James Abbott

9:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

James Abbott wrote:
The decision was rubberstamped because despite a consultation where over 1000 reps from residents, councils and organisations was sent in - often with specific suggestions for individual centres - the ECC Cabinet made exactly the same decision as was originally proposed for all the centres in Braintree District and Maldon District. The consultation was a waste of time. They don't listen.
Democracy at work eh?

(Actually that's the word I meant to use first time round when I alluded to diplomacy).

How fascinating. I somehow don't think we've heard he last of this one.

Surely, if they haven't already done so, the council will at least publish their reasons for not adopting the various suggestions made during the consultation process - won't they?
[quote][p][bold]James Abbott[/bold] wrote: The decision was rubberstamped because despite a consultation where over 1000 reps from residents, councils and organisations was sent in - often with specific suggestions for individual centres - the ECC Cabinet made exactly the same decision as was originally proposed for all the centres in Braintree District and Maldon District. The consultation was a waste of time. They don't listen.[/p][/quote]Democracy at work eh? (Actually that's the word I meant to use first time round when I alluded to diplomacy). How fascinating. I somehow don't think we've heard he last of this one. Surely, if they haven't already done so, the council will at least publish their reasons for not adopting the various suggestions made during the consultation process - won't they? OMPITA [Intl]

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