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Firefighter plans to meet with Solihull Council over changes to creche.

A FIREFIGHTER campaigning to keep a gym creche open full time is planning to take her fight to Solihull Council.

A FIREFIGHTER campaigning to keep a gym creche open full time is planning to take her fight to Solihull Council.

Mum-of-two Leanne Byrne, who used the creche at North Solihull Leisure Centre while she trained to go back to work, wants the facility to remain open on a full time basis instead of the proposed two days a week.

Solihull Council decided to reduce the hours, claiming the service was busiest during the morning, but creche users argue the service is in demand throughout the week.

The reduction in hours and the closure of the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre creche was announced two months ago by the local authority’s Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services.

The councillor confirmed this week she is due to meet with Leanne to discuss the decision.

Coun Wild said: “I am very happy to meet with Leanne and I have arranged for council officials to be present so that they can help answer any questions.

“At present the decision will remain but will be reviewed annually.”

Working mums told the Solihull News two weeks ago they were concerned the reduction of hours was ‘one step towards closure.’

Leanne, who lives in Chelmsley Wood, said: “I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep this service running for the community. I want other working mums to have the same opportunity I had when was I preparing myself to go back to work after my maternity leave.”

 

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