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Clifton and Lambert nursery closure plan reconsidered

Lambert nursery and children's centre
The proposed closures were part of council cost-cutting measures

At least one of two Hull nurseries threatened with closure has been saved after protests by parents.

The city council consulted parents and staff over the future of the Clifton and Lambert nursery schools and children's centres.

The authority said it received a large number of responses and suggested alternatives to the sites' closure and had decided to consult further.

It said it was no longer considering an option to close both centres.

The second phase of consultation will start on 24 May and further public meetings will be held.

Decision welcomed

A spokesman said: "The council has decided to enter into a second formal phase of consultation on a wider range of options intended to secure financially sustainable provision at the Clifton and Lambert sites.

"In response to the views expressed the council can confirm that there will be no option that would lead to the closure of both the Clifton and Lambert sites within the consultation."

The proposed closures were part of a raft of measures, including a 1.95% rise in council tax and the cutting of 600 council jobs, approved at a council meeting in February.

The Friends of Lambert and Clifton Children's Centres, a group fighting to save the nurseries, welcomed the decision not to close both sites.

Parent Julian Haseldine said: "As a group we still believe that keeping both nurseries open is viable.

"We said from the beginning of the consultation that what we wanted from the council is constructive dialogue. We cautiously believe they are now taking into account the views of parents.

"We look forward to seeing the detailed proposals."

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