Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 1°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Ormiston has no plans to move from children’s centre site earmarked for homes

13:27 17 March 2014

Megan Williams with her son David Gatt, two and a half, is upset that the Ormiston Children's Centre on Felixstowe Road is due to close at the end of the month.

Megan Williams with her son David Gatt, two and a half, is upset that the Ormiston Children's Centre on Felixstowe Road is due to close at the end of the month.

A children’s centre set to close at the end of the month has been earmarked as potential site for housing development.

It was announced last week that Ormiston Children and Families Trust’s children’s centre in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, would shut on March 31.

And now Ipswich Borough Council is proposing to adopt the site as an area for potential housing.

According to a public notice outside the children’s centre, there is scope for 27 dwellings on the site.

But Ormiston Children and Families Trust have stated the organisation intends to run a nursery from the site once the children’s activities stop at the end of the month.

An Ormiston spokesman said: “Ormiston Children and Families Trust is under no obligation to vacate the site on Felixstowe Road for the housing plans under consideration by Ipswich Borough Council.

“Our priority is, and has always been, serving local children and families and we intend to continue doing this.

“This is clearly demonstrated by our intention to open a nursery on the Felixstowe Road site.

“As is as appropriate for any well-managed organisation in our position, we are exploring alternative options to ensure the best interests of the charity.
“We have been in contact with local residents throughout this process, listening carefully to what they have to say about the future of the site and how best to provide for local children and families.”
The children’s centre provides a range of services for parents-to-be and families of under fives including baby massage, a breastfeeding workshop and a drop-in session for the Polish community.

The closure comes after Suffolk County Council decided against extending the charity’s contract to run the services.

From April 1, the services the charity has been delivering will be provided by the county council from other locations in the area.

Borough councillor Bill Knowles, who represents Priory Heath ward, said he and his fellow Priory Heath councillors have objected to the application to make the site available for potential housing.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “We have held a consultation exercise with local residents and are now studying their responses to a proposal to consider adopting the site for potential housing.”

A public meeting on the closure will be held at the children’s centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

1 comment

  • I'm confused. Ipswich Labour have been quick to criticise the closure, but Ipswich Labour run IBC are also quick to plan to build on the site?

    Report this comment

    Mister Cynical

    Monday, March 17, 2014

Images from Trimley man Charlie Burton's dashcam footage of a driver travelling the wrong way along the A14 near Ipswich

A driver who saw his family have a near miss with a car travelling the wrong way down the A14 says it was the ‘single worst moment’ of his life.

Police are trying to find Samuel Creed, 16, who was last seen in Bury St Edmunds town centre yesterday,

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 16-year-old-boy from Bury St Edmunds.

Ipswich Railway Station

Rail passengers travelling from London to Clacton, Colchester and Ipswich tonight are facing cancelled trains or delays of up to 45 minutes due to a defective track on the outskirts of London.

Nestlé Purina Pet Food Factory at Sudbury has launched a Pets at Work scheme

A pet food factory site in Sudbury is set to become the first in the group’s UK business to open its doors to pets in the workplace.

The attack happened in Colchester town centre

Two men involved in a brawl in Colchester town centre have been warned by a judge they face a “significant” jail term.

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival. St Peter and St Mary’s Church. Pictured is Rev Michael Eden.

A Christmas tree made from marshmallow and gingerbread is one of more than 400 unusual festive firs drawing in huge crowds to a popular annual Suffolk festival.

The fire brigade with their horse drawn engines in 1907

It is difficult to imagine that there was a time, right up until the later part of the Victorian era, that towns like Ipswich did not have a fire brigade available to everybody, writes David Kindred.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24