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Council closes creche in south Solihull

TUDOR Grange leisure centre crèche has been closed down by Solihull Council this week, saving just £11,535 a year.

TUDOR Grange leisure centre creche has been closed by Solihull Council this week, saving just £11,535 a year.

Council bosses said the decision to close was due to low usage over the last 18 months, with an average of two children using it a day. They are also slashing hours at North Solihull leisure centre creche, down to two mornings a week to reflect which the times it is most used.

Councillor Kate Wild, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "This was a very difficult decision to make and I am disappointed to be in the position of having to take it.

"At North Solihull Sport Centre, the creche is most used in the morning, and the new hours will be more suited to how often the creche is used and when.

"Use of the creche at Tudor Grange has been consistently low over the past 18 months and sadly does not support the continued provision of the facility."

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has appealed to Solihull Council to increase the hours at North Solihull creche but had not heard whether her suggestions had been considered.

"It was a difficult a decision for the Council to make," she said. "The Council has to ensure value for taxpayers money but I am pleased that they have listened to representations made to them and that some creche provision will remain at North Solihull Sports Centre.

"I know that residents would like the creche open for longer and I have asked the Council about this but at least for the moment parents in this part of my constituency can still access good sporting facilities."



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