Old Harlow Tory makes plea for children’s centre

Politics / Fri 6th Dec 2013 am31 06:58am

abcTHE CONSERVATIVE candidate for Old Harlow, Joel Charles has written to Essex County Council to make an appeal for the ABC Centre in the village.

His letter to cllr Dick Madden states:

“Thank you for accepting an invitation to come and speak to Harlow Conservatives to discuss the proposed changes to services for young children in Harlow, in particular at the ABC Centre in Old Harlow. I raised a number of issues with you during the evening.

“This letter reiterates those concerns over the impact changes could have on Old Harlow residents and their children. Having read your consultation document, I notice that you have reviewed the usage of the centre and the difference between registrations and footfall. Old Harlow faces considerable growth over the next few years, with 1100 properties approved for Gilden Way, and the continued development of New Hall.

“Only very recently, 50 homes were built next to the ABC centre and several have been bought by young families which includes some social housing. How much future proofing has gone into the considerations for altering services? Your consultation suggests that if the ABC centre closes, parents will have to take their children to Potter Street Children’s Centre.

“During our discussion I pointed out the lack of direct buses between Old Harlow and Potter Street. It is necessary to go anywhere in Harlow via the town centre, requiring a single journey of four and half miles using two services. Parents will then have to travel another four and a half miles back home after collecting their children

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