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Parents join fight against hours reduction at creche

PARENTS of disabled children have joined a campaign to stop the council slashing the opening hours of a popular borough creche.

PARENTS of disabled children have joined a campaign to stop the council slashing the opening hours of a popular borough creche.

Local firefighter Leanne Byrne who is leading the fight to ‘save’ the North Solihull Leisure Centre creche, has been inundated with letters from working parents desperate to prevent the service being reduced.

Solihull Council recently decided to cut back the opening hours of the creche to two mornings a week and completely close the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre facilities.

Creche users have reacted to the news by writing letters of objection for Leanne to present to the borough council.

One of the objections, written by Julie Pavilo, reads: “My daughter has special needs. The creche staff have always been very good with her and take very good care of her. I suffer with high blood pressure and other medical problems, so the gym is very important to me.”

Another mum wrote: “My eldest child has autism and I value the time I spend swimming a great deal. This is the only leisure centre in my area that offers a creche.”

Mum-of-one Louise Tyler added: “If the creche reduces its hours or goes completely, my life would sink back to darkness as depression sets in again.

“If this proposal goes ahead, this would be devastating for me, I use the creche three to four times a week.”

Leanne says the influx of letters has renewed her resolve to fight the changes. “This creche means a great deal to a lot of people - these letters prove it. We are in limbo at the moment and we want answers,” she said this week.

Councillor Kate Wild, who announced the plans two months ago, confirmed last week a meeting had been set up for Leanne to address the council.

The local authority has maintained the hours were cut because the creche tended to be busiest in the morning.

 

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