County council decides to close Sure Start centres in Hampshire

Parents protesting earlier this year against the planned closure of Sure Start centres by Hampshire County Council Picture: Sarah Standing (160513-7191)
Parents protesting earlier this year against the planned closure of Sure Start centres by Hampshire County Council Picture: Sarah Standing (160513-7191)

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THE decision has been made to shut 54 Sure Start centres in Hampshire and create 11 district hubs.

Councillor Keith Mans, executive member for children’s services at Hampshire County Council, made the decision at today’s meeting.

It will see the council close the centres in a bit to save £8.5m.

Catherine Ovenden, from Save Our Children’s Centres Hampshire, tweeted the result.

She said: ‘I’m sorry. We lost. The council is shutting our precious Sure Start centres.

‘The fight will continue.’

The decision was made following a public consultation.