Axed nursery debate is switched to Batley

A REVIEW of controversial plans to close a child nursery has been moved to Batley Town Hall due to public demand.

The Kirklees Council scrutiny panel meeting to discuss a proposal to axe Batley Central Daycare was to be held in Huddersfield.

But the hearing has been switched to Batley on Tuesday (10am).

Panel chairman Coun Nigel Patrick said: “Having been contacted by parents, we’ve looked at making the meeting more accessible.

“Moving the meeting to Batley is the right decision. People are also welcome to submit any evidence in writing if they are unable to attend.”

Councillors ‘called in’ the closure for review after an outcry from parents.

The nursery off Park Road was earmarked for closure on August 31 to save £97,000 a year in running costs.

The scrutiny panel  does not have the power to overturn the decision, which affects about 40 youngsters, but can recommend a council re-think.

The meeting is expected to last for most of the day, and time has been allocated for the public and councillors to speak.

A copy of the notice, plus information on how the scrutiny process works, can be viewed at www.kirklees.gov.uk/scrutiny.

Anyone wishing to speak should contact Beth Hewitt at Kirklees Council on 01484 221864 by 5pm on Monday.

E-mails can be sent until the same deadline, to scrutiny.governance@kirklees.gov.uk – or write to Governance and Democratic Services Team, Crown Court Buildings, Princess Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TT.

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