Doors close on future of children’s centres

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The fate of children’s centres in Hadleigh and Glemsford has been sealed after county council cabinet members voted for their closure.

The decision was referred back to Suffolk County Council’s cabinet after a decision call-in was enforced by five Labour councillors soon after the original closure decision in January.

After a split vote at the scrutiny committee two weeks ago, chairman James Finch made the call to refer the decision back to the cabinet.

But on Tuesday, the cabinet members stood by their initial ruling to close the nine centres across the county, despite renewed concern from campaigners, parents and service users.

Glemsford parent Lorna Eves said the council had made the wrong choice.

“I can’t believe the council has completely ignored the representations made by those of us who use children’s centres,” she said.