Protesters arrived with placards to hand over a petition to council leaders in a bid to save Lower Broughton’s Sure Start children’s centre
Parents opposing a plan to close a children’s centre have taken their fight to the town hall.
Protesters wanting to keep the Lower Broughton Sure Start centre open arrived atSwinton Civic Centre bearing placards to hand in a 1,066-strong petition to Salford council’s children’s services councillor John Merry.
Parents discussed ideas for keeping the centre open with Coun Merry and gave him a DVD about the importance of the centre.
Keri Muldoon, 39, from Lower Broughton, Salford, whose four-year-old daughter Phoenix attends the centre, said: “We have until the end of consultation on June 30 to fight this issue, and fight we will.
“We handed in our petition with other evidence of how essential this centre is. When my daughter goes to school I want to work at the centre.”
A further 188 people have backed an online petition to save the centre, opened three years ago in a purpose-built building at River View Primary School. It provides services including antenatal classes, a baby clinic and a parents’ group.
More than 2,000 people are registered with Lower Broughton, one of eight children’s centres under threat in a bid to save the council £1m from its children’s centres budget to be replaced with hubs in Little Hulton, Winton, Broughton and Swinton.
Coun Merry said: “It was a very constructive meeting with parents. We discussed options for keeping the children’s centre open and they have gone away to speak to other parents for their views.”