Campaigning parents organised a meeting at the Acorn Centre in Irlam to discuss and get answers to questions on Salford Council’s consultation on Sure Start, which proposes closing centres in Irlam and Cadishead.
Barbara and Councillors Roger Jones, Christine Hudson, John Walsh and Joe Kean came to the meeting to support the parents, who are campaigning to keep the children’s centres open.
Government cuts mean that Salford Council is having to make cuts to services across the council. Sure Start budgets are being cut and proposals had been drawn up to make the best use of the smaller budget available this year. Initial proposals involved the closure of Sure Start children’s centres in Irlam and Cadishead but those at the meeting heard that other options would also be considered.
Local people were encouraged to make their comments on the consultation via the Council’s questionnaire or by letter or email before public meetings, which are being organised by the council at the end of May.
“I know that parents don’t want to lose these important services at Sure Start children’s centres. There was a strong feeling that Irlam and Cadishead should not end up without Sure Start services, as it is too long and difficult a journey for many parents to make to use services in other areas.
“I am looking at other areas of the country where Sure Start services are under threat from budget cuts and I hope we can find other options so we can keep Sure Start services open in Irlam and Cadishead.
“I urge people in Irlam, Cadishead and in Walkden to have their say and send in their comments on this consultation about proposed changes to Sure Start services.”