Viewpoint: No chance to hear alternatives to closing council-run nurseries

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 December 2018


Despite Mayor John Biggs claiming last year that he was “keen to reassure parents, carers and staff that there are no plans to close any nurseries in the borough”, he broke his promise.

He announced last month that all council-run nurseries were to close despite objections from 35,000 people and the town hall’s own councillors.

The decision-making process was not transparent and if any other alternatives were explored, why did we not hear about them or discuss them?

At full council on Wednesday, November 21, when the Conservatives brought a motion questioning the mayor’s decision, it was moved to the last item on the agenda and subsequently wrecked by Labour amendments (tabled by Danny Hassell) and a procedural motion ended the meeting prematurely.

This is completely unacceptable. Adequate Early Years Funding is vital to provide our children – who are our future – with the crucial foundation they deserve before starting school. They are a lifeline for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and also those with complex needs. Letting down our children during their formative years will impact Tower Hamlets’ future.

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