Plan to close Ramsbottom Children’s Centre?

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Back in 2010, I was honoured to officially open Ramsbottom’s Children’s Centre on Carr Street – opposite Rammy Library.

We have used the facilities as a family – my youngest son particularly liked ‘Wellies and Worms’ sessions.

Over 900 families in Ramsbottom also have children under 5 years of age, who like me use the Children’s Centre.

I was therefore shocked to learn that our Labour-run Bury Council has unveiled plans to axe 11 full-time staff from the children’s centres and convert 7 centres, including Ramsbottom, into nurseries.  Schools and other organisations will be asked to bid to run them.

The proposal is to be considered by the all-Labour Cabinet meeting at the town hall at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd September.

Meanwhile, the council is proposing to establish children’s centre hubs, designed to cover each area of the borough where the most deprived youngsters live, although Ramsbottom will not be included.

If the cabinet approves the proposals, a 12-week consultation will begin with staff, unions and service users and a final decision would expect to be made in December.

You can see the full proposal here:

http://councildecisions.bury.gov.uk/documents/s4289/Report.pdf

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