Mother backing campaign to save Ilkley Children's Centre

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mums at the children's centre with a petition Mums at the children's centre with a petition

A mum battling cancer is among those backing a campaign to prevent the closure of Ilkley’s Children Centre.

Adele Senior has joined a campaign to Save Little Lane Children’s Centre which is under threat due to Bradford Council’s budget proposals.

They include plans to close seven children’s centres in the district with a “lower need”. Also under threat is Menston and Burley Children’s Centre.

Ilkley mum Adele, who attends the centre with her one-year-old son, has started the campaign. She said: “I was shocked to find out about the proposed funding cuts to children’s centres across the district and that this would mean the possible closure of Little Lane.

“It’s a highly-valued resource among a local community of babies, children, parents, grandparents and carers, where children can develop their language, physical, mental and creative skills in a safe and supportive environment.

“The closure of Little Lane would be a great loss to the Ilkley community. The changes are likely to have a significant impact upon vulnerable families and children with special needs and will cause financial hardship as families will have to travel to core centres outside of Ilkley to participate in activities and receive appropriate support.”

Bradford Council is running a public consultation on the proposals until January 17.

Councillor Ralph Berry, the Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “We need to make sure that we use the resources which will be available to us in the future as effectively as we can.”


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