Nottingham City Council has named the children’s centres that are proposed to remain open and those to close as it seeks partners to run services. Further consultation on this budget proposal is now open.
Already eight of the 17 children’s centres in Nottingham are operated by schools, which are not affected by this proposal. The Council is looking for new organisations, schools or community groups to deliver services in children’s centres – with positive feedback already from providers and schools about their willingness to take on and run some of the centres, including some proposed for closure.
One proposal is to reduce the number of children’s centres it runs from nine to four centres – changed from three initially, following the first round of consultation. The centres proposed to remain open are Broxtowe, Hyson Green, Meadows and Southglade (Bestwood/Top Valley). The centres proposed for closure, unless another provider can be found, are Aspley (Amesbury Circus), Aspley (Minver Crescent), Bilborough, Bulwell and Sneinton.
Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, Councillor Cheryl Barnard, said: “This is an incredibly difficult proposal to put forward – we know how important the services are to people who attend children’s centres, which is why we are aiming to protect as much of the service provision as possible. We remain strongly committed to supporting families at the earliest opportunity and we will work with partners and communities across Nottingham to do this. The proposals ensure that 86% of likely service users are within 30 minutes of a centre by public transport or 43% are within 20 minutes’ walk of a centre.
“We have received positive feedback from providers and schools about their willingness to take on and run some of the centres proposed for closure. We are keen to talk to any partner organisations that would like to run a children’s centre in our place – or to take on centres that we propose to retain, as this would enable us to keep a different centre open.
“It’s important to remember that these plans remain proposals and not decisions. We want to hear from parents, carers and providers affected by the proposals – things are not set in stone and could change as a result of feedback.”
The second phase consultation on the proposals runs until Friday 22 April 2022.
See full details on the Nottingham City Council website.
For any queries about the consultation process, please contact email@example.com.