Nottingham

Council backs Nottinghamshire respite care centre

The Big House in Edwinstowe
Image caption Campaigners have called for the respite centre to remain open

A respite care centre in Nottinghamshire that was threatened with closure has been given a reprieve.

The Big House at Edwinstowe looks after more than 50 children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Campaigners protested when Nottinghamshire County Council said it was reviewing the future of the centre.

The council has decided to back plans to put a purpose-built centre on the same site.

The Big House takes children aged seven and upwards for breaks of about one week.

The county council said the building needed refurbishment, which would cost more than £1m, but details of the future development had not yet been drawn up.

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