Campaigners take to the streets in Hadleigh

Brett River children's centre campaign ANL-140819-111515001
Brett River children's centre campaign ANL-140819-111515001

Campaigners fighting the closure of the Brett River children’s centre in Hadleigh took to the streets last week to gather support for their cause.

On Friday they set up a stall in the town’s market place, where they were giving out information and leaflets and encouraging people to sign their petition on Facebook.

Angela Wiltshire, vice-chair of South Suffolk Labour party, told the Free Press: “We wanted to catch people who may not be aware of the closure of Brett River Centre yet.

“We found that, in the main, people were very much aware of Suffolk County Council’s plans, and overwhelmingly concerned and supportive of our efforts to make them change their minds.

“We had printed out hard copies of the survey which the council is using to inform its decision.

“We find these surveys leading and cannot understand how the council will glean enough information of any value to contribute to such an important issue.

“I am pleased to say that a couple of Hadleigh’s elected representatives came over to say hello. Hadleigh’s county councillor Brian Riley, came over too. He was quite interested in my letter which was printed in the Suffolk Free Press earlier that week.”

Hadleigh Steering group, which represents many organisations in the town, will discuss the centre’s proposed closure at their next meeting on September 15 at 2-4pm in Hadleigh Leisure Centre in Stonehouse Road.

Angela Wiltshire added: “Whatever the make-up or function of this group, it must surely carry weight with the consultation and must make a representation on our behalf.

“So I urge all interested parties to attend if they can.”

lThe proposed closure of the chidren’s centre has caused considerable anger amongst the local community.

Based in the old Corn Exchange building in the town’s Market Place, the centre provides support and advice as well as a meeting place for parents with young children, and is widely used.