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Parents desperately campaigning to save Community Vision and Blenheim Nurseries after council warn of potential closure

PUBLISHED: 12:43 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 10 July 2017

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The council has stated the nurseries don’t generate enough income to keep running

Parents are desperately campaigning against council plans to close two Bromley nurseries, as they fear it could leave their children with no where to go.

Bromley council sent a letter to parents of children attending Community Vision in Penge and Blenheim Nurseries in Orpington, last week, which they don’t generate enough income to run.

It said: “The current income generated by the nurseries, based on changed to parents and free early years education funding, does not cover the costs of running them. The result is a combined excess cost of £348,000 currently funded by the council.

“At a time of continued pressure on council budgets to support statutory services for children’s social care and education, this is not sustainable for a non-statutory service, particularly where other options for childcare are available.”

The letter 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.

Parents have now rallied together to create the Save Community Vision Nursery campaign group, which has over 130 members.

Sam Russell from Penge, the group organiser, whose son goes to Community Vision, said: “It’s mad, and has come completely out of the blue. Right now we’re trying to establish awareness, and trying to get people signed up to our petition. Parents whose children have subsidised places may not be able to find somewhere else to place them.

“We’re currently contacting other nurseries to see what they can provide but there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to take our children. We’re going to keep fighting until the closure.”

A spokesperson for Bromley Council said: “No decisions have yet been taken about the future of either the Community Vision or Blenheim Nurseries.

“The council regularly reviews all its spending and, in light of the excess cost to council tax payers of £348,000 per year to run these nurseries, we are examining alternatives for the future. Through a letter to parents and carers, the council is seeking views which will be reflected in the report to the executive so they can be taken into account when a final decision is reached in the autumn.”

A consultation period will be running until July 28, and parents can have their say by emailing isabel.conway@bromley.gov.uk

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