Doors are shut on neglected creche

By Laura Payne 28/06 Updated: 04/07 16:23

THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers' money has been spent on a crèche used by just two children a day.

Solihull Council has decided to close the facility at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre which had £11,535 of taxpayers' money spent on it a year.

The decision was taken as the council revealed an average of two children a day have been using the crèche over the last 18 months

The council discussed the closure at a meeting held behind closed doors where it was also decided the opening hours of the crèche at North Solihull Leisure Centre will be reduced to two mornings a week to reflect when it is most used.

The council said it will review these times annually.

Coun Kate Wild, the council's spokeswoman for community services, said: "This was a very difficult decision to make and I am disappointed to be in the position of having to take it.

"At North Solihull Sports Centre the crèche is most used in the morning and the new hours will be more suited to how often the crèche is used and when.

"Use of the crèche at Tudor Grange has been consistently low over the past 18 months and sadly does not support the continued provision of the facility."

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman had urged people to use the crèche and said she was concerned the closure would prevent some parents from taking part in sport and fitness classes because there would be nowhere for their children to go.

She said: "It was a difficult decision for the council to make. The council has to ensure value for taxpayers money but I am pleased that they have listened to representations made to them and that some crèche provision will remain at North Solihull Sports Centre.

"I know that residents would like the crèche open for longer and I have asked the council about this but at least for the moment parents in this part of my constituency can still access good sporting facilities.”

The changes are due to come into force later in the year.

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