Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts are supporting a parents campaign to save Merrishaw Day Nursery in West Heath from closure.
This closure is imminent and the campaign needs your urgent support. A similar threat was announced 12 months ago but a campaign by parents, staff and UNISON caused councillors to u-turn.
The campaign also believes that the rest of service will be scaled down so that only those classed as “children in need” would be able to access the day nursery.
What you can do
1. Join our stall / street leafletting on Saturday. We will meet at West Heath Shops, Alvechurch Rd, by the Co-op at 10:30am
There will now also be a stall/street leafletting on Saturday 23rd July, from 10:30am, at Faifaax Shops, bottom of Cropredy Road, West Heath
2. Join us on Saturday 30th July, 9.30a.m at Merrishaw Nursery, 49 Merrishaw Road, B31 3SL as we walk to Hampstead House to deliver our petition to the councillors.
Next Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts Planning meeting will be on Tuesday 26th July, 7:15pm, Stirchley Community Church, Perhsore road (opposite the old Stirchley Paths)
To contact Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts, Email StirchleyAntiCuts@Gmail.com or call 07828 013 091
Although Birmingham City Council has previously denied that there will be any closures, GMB union which represents many of the nursery workers were able to find out from the council that the plans do in fact involve closing the following nurseries:
Teviot Tower – Aston
The Chestnut Centre – Bordsley Green
Yatesburry Avenue – closed in May 2011- Castle Vale.
Millpool Gardens – Kings Heath
Merrishaw – West Heath
New Spring St – Ladywood
Dyson Gardens – Alum Rock.
These plans have not yet been finalised, and GMB will be working against the plans with the workers and we need to include the parents who use these nurseries and make sure that the councillors know that their communities do not accept the need to close nurseries in Birmingham.
If you are a parent who uses one of these nurseries, please get in touch with us at BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@Gmail.com. Perhaps you could work on a campaign to save the nursery that you use, along with other parents. If you’ve never done any campaigning before, don’t worry, we can put you in touch with experienced activists living in your area who can help. Working together we can save our services from closure.