A BOROUGH firefighter has warned she will hose down any plans to close a local creche following a council announcement to slash the opening hours of the facility.
Working mums using of the creche at North Solihull Leisure Centre turned out in force this week to air fears that Solihull Council will eventually close the service following a move to reduce the opening hours to just two mornings a week, saying it could cost jobs. A decision has already been taken to close the facilities at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre altogether.
Leanne Byrne, a firefighter for West Midlands Fire Service, used the Chelmsley Wood creche on a daily basis while she was on maternity leave.
The creche facility meant I had somewhere safe to leave my child while I trained in the gym, to prepare myself for going back to work.
Without this, I would either have had to extend my maternity leave or not go back to work at all, said the 30-year-old.
The fact they have reduced the opening hours is ridiculous and I feel so strongly about this that Im willing to do whatever it takes to make sure this facility continues running for this community.
Mum-of-two Louise Tyler has used the creche for four years.
The 26-year-old added: The creche has always been well used. I often use it in the afternoon as it is so busy in the morning. With the reduced hours, there is no way we are going to get our children in.
The reduction in hours was announced last month. Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said the service was mostly used in the morning and the hours would be more suited to how often it is used and when.