Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Felixstowe: Fears loss of children’s centre ‘would hit deprived families’

09:00 08 August 2014

Doreen Savage

Doreen Savage

Archant

Community leaders have attacked proposals to close a children’s centre serving families living in one of the most deprived areas in Suffolk.

shares

County councillors are considering the future of the Sea Breeze centre in Langer Road, Felixstowe, one of nine which could shut as part of cost-cutting plans.

The centre is situated in south Felixstowe, regularly identified as one of the 10 most deprived wards in the county, and town councillors fear some people will not be able to afford or to reach the resort’s other centre, The Oaks, in Grange Road.

The council is writing to the county council in the strongest terms, urging it to abandon its plans.

Former mayor Doreen Savage said: “I am concerned that if the Sea Breeze centre closes a lot of people will not have the wherewithal to get up to The Oaks – it might only be 0.9miles but that can be a long way when you have got children.

“I am really concerned that people who might really need help might be disadvantaged by this closure. Sea Breeze provides a real service in an area where it is vitally needed.”

Councillor Mike Stokell said by road from Adastral Close – the estate near the port where many users of Sea Breeze live – was a 5.6-mile road walk there and back.

He said: “Those without road transport are being asked to take a bit of a Dickensian hike.”

Councillor Mike Sharman said: “It’s a huge distance when you are walking with a tripper and children, or by bus you have to take one to the town centre and then another up to The Oaks, and the same back again. The county council doesn’t appeared to have looked at these problems at all.”

Councillor Margaret Morris said the benefits of the work done by children’s centres was often not seen for 10 or even 20 years in the lives of the families they were helping.

Sea Breeze also ran a course to help people affected by domestic violence.

The county council is proposing to close centres at Hadleigh, Thurston, Haverhill, Reydon and Southwold, Lowestoft, Glemsford, and two in Ipswich, to save £2.9million from running its children’s centres by 2017 – but insists services are not being cut.

Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Children’s centre staff can spend a disproportionate amount of time managing buildings, so for some this would release time that could be better spent with children and families.

“I am absolutely clear that none of the services currently provided by children’s centres will be lost if these proposed changes go ahead.

“Children’s centres provide much-needed support to families and we will do everything we can to ensure those services continue to make a difference to people’s lives.”

shares

1 comment

  • Nothing is ever thought through thoroughly in this town, and nothing is properly accessible to the people that need it most. The Oaks is not in the best place for a large number of families as has already been stated. But consideration is never given properly to anything, the Academy being built where it is, is so far away from families in the Langer Road area of town and also old Old Felixstowe. Those children that have to walk especially in winter will be soaking before they get to school. Also, much praise has been given to the new medical centre, but again many vulnerable people have to get two buses to get there. I know of several people who have changed surgeries because of this. Is Felixstowe serving the townspeople as it should be, its ok if you have transport but in lots of cases certainly not if you haven't.

    Report this comment

    October girl

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Cousins Entertainment's ice rink in Winchester.

The first real ice rink in Bury St Edmunds is set to make the town a popular destination for visitors this festive season.

Essex Police last year searched the area near Scarfe Way in the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

The teenager from Colchester, initially arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in the Salary Brook Trail on Tuesday, is in police custody.

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash near Rougham

The West Suffolk College student was travelling in a Vauxhall Corsa with his girlfriend at the time. She was not seriously injured.

2015 Suffolk Show president Terry Hunt presents the Long Service Awards.

Some of the county’s longest-serving agricultural workers were given special recognition at the Suffolk Show yesterday – including one who has been working on the same farm for 60 years.

Speed restrictions on the A12 for resurfacing

News that the A12 roadworks between Copdock and East Bergholt will continue to cause disruption for another month has caused serious irritation among motorists and the business community in Suffolk.

Man stole tips from Costa concession

A thief who swiped a mug containing tips for staff from an Ipswich Costa Coffee shop has been told he must pay them compensation.

Colchester's Labour Party candidate Jordan Newell at the election count

An upsurge in membership has been felt by the Colchester Labour Party since the general election on May 7.

Aldeburgh Coastguard Rescue Team and a RAF Rescue Helicopter, which was on a routine exercise mission nearby, were called to search the area at 3.20pm yesterday.

A search operation was launched after a 78-year-old fisherman disappeared off the coast of Sizewell in his dinghy.

Two fire engines were called to the blaze in Throckmorton Road at 0.45am.

A house blaze in Bungay was tackled by firefighters overnight.

UKIP councillors have split into two groups on Tendring District Council. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Breakaway UKIP councillors were due to hold a crunch meeting with party bosses last night which could decide their future.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages