Just a few days left to comment on Derbyshire children’s centre plans

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Time is running out for residents to give their views on proposals to cut opening hours at ten Derbyshire children’s centres – and shut two completely.

Under the plans, opening hours would be slashed from five days a week to two days at Arkwright, Bakewell, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Coton-in-the-Elms, Crich, Killamarsh, Sandiacre, Tupton, West Hallam and Wirksworth children’s centres.

Ashbourne and Duffield centres and their services would close completely.

The buildings of Castle Gresley and Langwith children’s centres would shut but their services would continue in nearby sites. Services provided by Gamesely Children’s Centre would be transferred to Gamesley Early Excellence Centre across the road.

The changes would help Derbyshire County Council – which needs to cut £157million from its budget by 2018 – save £944,000.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Reducing our children’s centre services and closing any buildings is the last thing we want to do but sadly we have no choice as we’re facing such a huge budget reduction.

“We’re doing everything in our power to limit the impact of the cuts we’re having to make and keep essential services available for the children, families and communities we serve.

“We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible so we can listen to their views before making any final decisions.”

A consultation on the plans ends on Wednesday. To take part visit derbyshire.gov.uk/ccconsultation