Hope yet for Haverhill children’s centre

On Track children's centre - Haverhill ANL-140608-110157001
On Track children's centre - Haverhill ANL-140608-110157001

There’s hope for children and young mothers as last month’s controversial decision to shut Haverhill’s On Track children’s centre will be reviewed.

The decision to shut a number of children’s centres across Suffolk, including Haverhill’s On Track centre, was made by Suffolk County Council on January 27.

The decision has now been called in for review and will be discussed again by Suffolk County Council’s Scrutiny Committee at a meeting on February 11.

The closure of the On Track centre in Haverhill’s Strasbourg Square would have meant that all children’s services in Haverhill would have had to have been run from the Cartwheels centre, which is on the other side of town in Greenfields Way.

The decision was opposed by many, including Haverhill councillor, Anne Gower, who argued for it to stay open.

“Of course, I’m delighted it’s been called in,” she said. “The decision will be challenged.

“It shows the strength of feeling from the opposition. I wholly support the fact that it’s going to be looked at again.”

The decision to close the centre and merge services with the Cartwheels centre had been made by the County Council as a way of saving money.