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Surrey County Council have withdrawn its plans to move forward with a formal consultation on the future of the centre.
In a letter to parents and carers Head Teacher of Mytchett Primary School Jo Ibbotson said ” I am absolutely delighted to be able to share with you that in a review of the strategy and plans for improving outcomes for children and families, Surrey County Council has withdrawn its plan to implement a formal consultation process regarding the future of Mytchett SureStart Children’s Centre. This is excellent news as it means that our centre is no longer under threat of closure at the current time”.
Local residents and supporters of the centre campaigned exceptionally hard to keep the centre open. One supporter who used the centre in the past even campaigned from as far as New Zealand when she heard about the news.
This is very welcome news and on behalf of the Residents Network I would like to congratulate those residents who campaigned tirelessly to keep the centre open.
It would be a huge loss to the community if this centre is allowed to be closed and I have signed the ePetition to show my support.
Many of the young families I represent have benefited enormously from the services the Centre provides across Surrey Heath and whenever I visit it is exceptionally well used.
Could I urge all local residents to sign the ePetition and to make contact with your County Councillor to express your support for the centre. Even if you have not directly benefited from the service, I can assure you that the knock on effects to the whole community of not supporting some of these young families would be significant in terms of cost and impact and would effect us all in one way or another.
While I accept there needs to be cost saving measures, the closure of this centre and the services it offers would be a devastating blow to our community and would be a step to far.
For more information about the Mytchett Sure Start Centre and the remarkable services it provides please check out this podcast I recorded some time ago with the Centre Manager: http://surreyheath-residents.co.uk/2013/07/23/mytchett-frimley-green-deepcut-sure-start-childrens-centre-podcast/
The online ePetiton can be found here: http://www.petitions24.com/keep_mytchett_sure_start_open
The Surrey Heath County Councillors are: