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Unhappiness over the potential closure of a Guildford children's centre

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:55pm 9th November 2018. (Updated at 12:56pm 9th November 2018)

Parents are petitioning to save Boxgrove Children's Centre in Merrow. 

It's one of 31 centres that face closure as part of plans by Surrey County Council to "transform" its children's services. 

Parents believe the centre is "vital to the wellbeing of families" and they have launched a petition to keep it open

Boxgrove Children's Centre
Parents have launched a petition to keep the centre open.

On 30 October, the council released a consultation document detailing the changes it wants to make. 

The proposal is for 19 of the 58 main centres to continue running, with another 8 becoming 'satellite centres', and the rest, 31, will close. The Council says it would seek to find alternative uses for the buildings. 

The plans state there would be at least one main centre in each district and borough, located in the areas that need the most help. The council says it is also committing to "help families become more resilient through earlier support before problems emerge."  

Below is a map detailing the planned cuts by SCC. 

The consultation is Surrey wide and requires feedback on the proposed changes by 4th January 2019. You can have your say here

Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge said:

“With children’s centres, our aim is to focus our resources on families who need our support most so they get help early on and we can try and prevent them needing social care services in the future.

"We want to create a network of hubs around the county which support children right up until they’re 11 rather than five as now and targeting areas with most need.

"We are consulting on proposals to close some centres but the service is not just about buildings – outreach workers will visit families in their homes and partners would work with us to provide the right help at the right time.”

Earlier this year, Ofsted rated SCC's Children's services as inadequate

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