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PARENTS have started a petition to help stop children’s centres from potentially closing.

As previously reported, Portsmouth City Council is proposing to merge Sure Start centres in an attempt to save about £1m during 2013/14.

Proposals involve merging 16 centres to bring the total in the city down to nine.

That includes joining Milton Park with the Cumberland and Baffins centres, the combination of Southsea with Brambles, and a merger of the Portsea and Somers Town centres.

Paulsgrove, Fratton, and Buckland and Landport children’s centre services will remain as they are.

A public consultation held by the council closed earlier this month.

Once the information is reviewed, a decision will be made.

But parents who use the centres are determined to make sure their voices are heard.

Petitions are due to be at each Sure Start centre in the city, which people are being urged to sign.

It is hoped more than 1,000 signatures are collected.

These will then be presented to the council at a meeting later this month.