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Petition signed by 200 Solihull residents following cuts to creche facilities.

A 200-strong petition is due to be handed to Solihull Council following cuts made to two leisure centre creches in the borough.

A 200-strong petition is due to be handed to Solihull Council following cuts made to two leisure centre creches in the borough.

The creche at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre is due to close and the facility at North Solihull leisure centre will only open two mornings a week, it was announced last week.

Unison has this week slammed the proposals, claiming more should have been done to encourage people to use the facilities.

David Williams, Unison Branch Secretary for the Solihull area, said: “We believe more work should have gone into publicising the service before wielding the axe. Mothers and fathers will be barred from taking part in the borough’s sporting facilities as a result of this move.

“A petition signed by 200 users of the crèches has been drawn up and is due to go to the next council meeting.

“We all know the council has been forced to make cuts by the national government but this is not sensible in terms of public health or council finance.”

Nicola Roberts uses the creche facilities at North Solihull leisure centre on a regular basis and was shocked to hear of plans to reduce the service.

The mum of three added: “These facilities are vital to mums in North Solihull, cutting this service will have a dramatic affect on the community.

“Being able to put my children in the creche allows me to have access to the gym facilities and exercising has been a real confidence boost for me.

“There is such a big thing made about problems with obesity, especially in poorer areas, then they go and do something like this - it’s crazy.”

Solihull Council said the facility cost £11,535 a year but was used by around two families a day.

Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “At North Solihull Sport Centre, the crèche is most used in the morning and the new hours will be more suited to how often it is used and when.”

 

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