Save the Nurseries – here is the list of Consultation Meetings

Birchfield – 18 Jan 3-5pm

Golden Hillock – 22 Jan 6-8pm

Cherry Tree – 23 Jan 3-5pm

Kitts Green – 24 Jan 4.30-6.30pm

Lime Tree – 25 Jan 6-8pm

Oaklands – 30 Jan 6-8pm

Park Road – 31 Jan 6-8pm

Reameadow – 1 Feb 6-8pm

Soho – 5 Feb 3-5pm

St Benedicts – 6 Feb 3-5pm

Summerfield – 7 Feb 3-5pm

Sunshine – 8 Feb 5-7pm

Ladywood – 12 Feb 9.30 – 11.30am

Bertram – 13 Feb 6-8pm

Session structure:

30 mins – open arrival with display information available for guests

30 mins – Formal Presentation (Chris Atkins or Elaine Austin – officers)

55 mins Question and Answer session (questions to be recorded)

5 mins – Session close and next steps

The Save Birmingham Nurseries campaign has spoken to many parents at the 14 nurseries across the city. Every single one of them has opposed the closure plans and told us how it will affect them. Now their views need to be made loud and clear at the consultation meetings. (Some may need help with English so community supporters may be able to help.)

But how many will be able to attend meetings in the early evening, just when they are looking after their children? Why haven’t the meetings been held during the day, as at Ladywood, or else later but with a crèche provided? The meetings are in a nursery, so all the facilities are there – it’s not rocket science!

The line the officers are likely to take is to stress the deficit issue. There are two answers. First, the sums are small in relation to the council’s overall budget, however squeezed it is, and this is the wrong priority for cuts. It will hit some of the most deprived areas of the city, at a time when the Council claims in its budget consultation document that children are one of its top priorities.

Second, where is the council’s ‘business plan’ to tackle these deficits? For example, one nursery has a large building, much of it vacant – where are the plans to use the empty space for income generation to sustain the nursery? Of course our opposition to closure does not depend on financial viability, it is based on social need. Council nurseries aren’t businesses that have to make a profit, they are public services. But it should be the Council’s responsibility to have explored every option and come up with proposals before the consultation.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Join our campaign on Facebook – com/savebirminghamnurseries
  • Sign your local nursery petition and the online petition at GMB – Save Birmingham Nurseries
  • Email your councillor and raise the issue at Ward Committee meetings
  • Raise the issue in your community organisation, political party and trade union
  • Come to the next Campaign Planning Meeting on Sunday 28th January 1-3pm at Fulham Rd Mosque, Stratford Rd, Sparkhill
  • Contact the campaign at bkwc_uk@yahoo.com for details and a copy of the campaign leaflet and petition

 

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