IN response to Clr Dodds’s pronouncements regarding the proposal for the closure of Cambridge Road Nursery.
Firstly, it is true the waiting list was re-opened, but only after the summer holidays when parents would have already made their arrangements.
Secondly, anyone wanting to enrol had to do so originally via Oldgate House, not the nursery itself.
Thirdly, any parent applying would be made well aware that it was under the threat of closure.
It may have been more prudent if the nursery had been advertised and promoted as the extremely good facility that it is – as proclaimed by Ofsted – unlike many other childcare facilities in the area.
Also, it would have been wise to ask the parents whether they believe there are affordable, accessible and quality childcare provision to replace this excellent facility.
The location and the people for whom it serves must surely have been taken into consideration. Cambridge Road Nursery serves some of the poorest districts in Huddersfield and provides opportunities to parents who would otherwise be unable to attain.
I have also noticed interestingly that Clr Dodds is a councillor for Denby Dale. Clr Light’s children attend schools outside the borough. A rhetorical question of the Kirklees Cabinet members about to wield the axe is how many of them serve inner Huddersfield wards?
In the new proposed budget the children’s services budget is to be slashed £2.3m. Is this taking into account that the council received an extra £6m for children services from the Government in December?
So how does this square with the council’s claim of “making improvements to public service”? In my naivety I presumed some of my hard-earned council taxes would go towards children, the elderly and vulnerable members of our town. However, it would seem it’s my failure to “move with the times”.
I alternatively should have been supporting a much-needed new Tesco superstore, multi-million-pound white elephants in St George’s Square, demolition of social housing and pay cuts for workers. Fortunately it is not all doom and gloom for Kirklees residents. At least the dead will have excellent cemeteries and crematoria; it is only the living who need worry!