D-Day drawing close for Wakefield nursery

Objectors fighting planning application for longer opening hours at St Swithuns community centre, Eastmoor.

Objectors fighting planning application for longer opening hours at St Swithuns community centre, Eastmoor.

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WORRIED parents have launched an online petition to help save an Eastmoor nursery from closure.

Wakefield Council bosses announced in November that St Swithun’s Nursery would close.

The nursery, based at St Swithun’s Community Centre, was set up as part of the government’s Neighbourhood Nurseries scheme to help children in deprived areas.

But the council said it was costing them too much to run.

The petition claims the impact of the closure would be “massive”.

It carried the message: “These children are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but people who depend on being in a trusting and safe environment while their parents are away.

“It is not simple to uproot these children to alternative childcare facilities as they have gotten to know the staff and become comfortable within their care.”

Parents and staff have been given until Friday, January 20 to submit business plans for the running and management of the nursery.

Council bosses will then make a final decision on its fate.

Coun Olivia Rowley said the council had been “forced” to make the decision in order to meet its target of saving £67m over four years.