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Lewisham West and Penge MP Ellie Reeves asks Bromley council to reconsider closing two nurseries

PUBLISHED: 14:41 20 July 2017

Community Vision nursery

Community Vision nursery

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Community Vision nursery is located in Ms Reeves constituency, Penge

Newly elected MP for Lewisham West and Penge, Ellie Reeves, has written a letter to Bromley council asking them to reconsider proposals to close two nurseries in the borough.

The council sent a letter to parents of children attending Community Vision in Penge and Blenheim Nurseries in Orpington stating they don’t generate enough income to keep running.

The letter said that due to changes in funding for early years running the nurseries result in a combined excess cost of £348,000 which the council is paying.

It continues to say that the only way they could keep the nurseries open, is by substantially increasing fees, charging for refreshments and other subsidies, and changing the hours in which the nurseries are open.

In her letter, which was addressed to council leader Stephen Carr, Ms Reeves, said: “The nursery has been fundamental in meeting demand for funded nursery places and it is extremely unlikely, if the nursery closes, that families will be able to find equivalent places in the private sector.

“Community Vision is located in one of the most deprived parts of Bromley, which seems to be so overlooked by the council for funds and resources.

“It has further come to my attention that if closed the council will still have to budget for £176,000, presumably in costs associated with the buildings, meaning the overspend directly attributable to the services themselves is actually £172,000, not £348,000.

“I would urge the council to look again at the proposals. Given the huge benefit the nursery provides to the children and families in the local community, and taking into account that the council has a reserve fund of over £100 million I would very much hope that the nursery is a service the council can continue to run.”

The parents of children attending Community Vision are also holding a picnic on Saturday, July 22 in Crystal Palace Park, near the playground.

A spokesperson for them, said: “We’ll have the chance to meet each other, let the kids have fun and also share key information before the consultation deadline.”

In response to parents Bromley council, said: “No decisions have yet been taken about the future of either the Community Vision or Blenheim Nurseries.”

The consultation runs until July 28. Email @isabel.conway@bromley.gov.uk

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