Blackpool Council is planning to close its two remaining nurseries. Both are located in deprived areas – Grange Park and Talbot & Brunswick. The nurseries are well-used and are focal points for local communities.
Now, due to central government funding cuts, the Council is planning to close both nurseries at the end of August, cutting 26 jobs.
Parents, children and staff are united in opposing these closures. On Monday (27th July) the UNISON branch organised a march and rally against the cuts. Parents and children braved the rain to send a clear message to the Council: “Don’t Take Our Nurseries Away”.
UNISON is continuing to put the case for keeping the nurseries open. Maria Moss, Regional Organiser said:
“The Council decided to close the nurseries without consultation with the public or with UNISON. The opposition to the plan amongst parents is overwhelming.
“We think it would be short-sighted for the Council to close these important services. It runs counter to their objectives of tackling child poverty and improving educational attainment. It is not too late and we will continue to press the Council to reconsider.”