We joined forces with Cherry Tree Action Group outside Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Meeting on Monday 15 April [more info below].
Cherry Tree Nursery & Children’s Centre is set to be closed, without any consultation of users or the public. It was not included in the borough-wide consultation over cuts to children’s centres – ostensibly because it no longer strictly operates as a children’s centre. Cherry Tree is, however, linked to Rosendale children’s centre, and the community were not informed that they were going to be hit doubly hard with cuts.
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Lambeth Council met to discuss the results of the children’s centre consultation, and heard a deputation from Cherry Tree. Helen Hayes MP and a number of back bench councillors spoke against cuts to Cherry Tree and the other children’s centres.
The cabinet voted unanimously to endorse the cuts – to cries of shame from the public.
In other news:
Lambeth UNISON are currently running an indicative ballot of their members – seeing what the appetite is for industrial action over cuts to our children’s centres. Our children’s centres are only as good as our staff, and we are determined to fight for every job. More on this soon!