THE campaign against Children’s Centre closures in Thurrock came to the streets of Chafford Hundred last weekend. Labour Party activists and campaigners talked to local residents and took to the streets to inform parents on Chafford Hundred about the proposed cuts.
All four of the Conservative councillors for Chafford Hundred voted to proceed with the plan to close the Children’s Centres at a recent council debate on the issue. The Beacon Centre on Chafford Hundred is one of the four Children’s Centres earmarked for closure.
Campaigners were joined by Qaisar Abbas, Labour’s former candidate for South Chafford. Mr Abbas said “When I stood for council earlier this year, I wanted to do my best to fight damaging cuts and stand up for the community on Chafford Hundred. It was so disappointing to see all four councillors for Chafford Hundred vote for this cut. We’re not in power on the council, but we’re doing everything we can to stick up for Chafford Hundred – someone has to!”
The final decision on Children’s Centres will be made by the Conservative Cabinet in January.
Go to our Politics page to see the whole debate on children’s centres .