Leeds & West Yorkshire

Parents' plea to save Normanton Children's Centre

Parents have made a plea to save a children's centre that is threatened with closure.

Fourteen children's centres could be shut as Wakefield Council looks to slash £185m from its budget.

The authority announced earlier it would hold a three-month consultation period into the future of the sites.

Parents from Normanton Children's Centre and the other facilities will learn their fate on 2 December.

The Normanton Children's Centre said there were 988 children registered to use the site and more than half of these were regular attendees.

Council officers are expected to have a report on the centres ready for councillors to view on 24 November.

At Wednesday's council meeting, a delegation of parents from Normanton told councillors the centre, which opened in 2007, provided a range of services in an area of social and economic deprivation.

Centre spokeswoman Saph Dyson said: "I feel the centre has done a lot for me and I didn't want to just let that go.

"I feel other families should have that joy in their life as well. I want to say that whatever comes out of all of this, we tried. We tried our hardest."

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