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Mums get a say in how kids' centres should be run

PUBLISHED: 13:51 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses are asking mums and dads in London's East End how they want their neighbourhood children's centre to be run. Three public consultation meetings are being arranged next week to get views from parents already using the centres or others anxious to join one

MUMS and dads in London’s East End are being asked by Town Hall bosses how they want their neighbourhood children’s centre to be run.

Three new centres are planned, to add to Tower Hamlets’ growing network of 21 centres.

The first opened at Wapping two years ago, with others following almost monthly.

Now three public consultation meetings are being arranged next week to get views from parents already using the centres or others anxious to join one.

The first meeting is on Tuesday (November 5) at Wapping Women’s Centre in Philchurch Place, 1-3pm. Two more are planned on Wednesday, at Mile End’s British Street estate tenants’ hall, 10.30am-12.30pm, and at Bethnal Green’s Spark community centre in Smart Street, 2.30-4.30pm.

Where the three new centres are to open hasn’t been worked out yet—council planners want to hear from parents first.

The authority eventually wants a children’s centre within walking distance’ of all East End families.

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