Anger over plans to shut Meir education centre

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A community education centre could be closed as Stoke-on-Trent City Council tries to save more than £33m.

The closure of Meir Community Education Centre would save £72,000 a year, the council has said.

It offers adult and community learning courses. Residents who use the centre said it was a much-needed facility in the town.

Residents will speak to councillors at the centre later as part of their campaign to keep it open.

Victoria Warren, who uses the centre, said the whole community will suffer if it closes.

'Last possible option'

"The centre has new, excellent facilities, including purpose-built cookery and sewing rooms," she said.

"Many function and training classes can be run - a whole community will suffer this cutback.

"What will they do with the building or facilities if it closes (and) what will happen to us and our hobbies, education (and) fitness?"

In a statement, the council said: "The possibility of closing the centre is being looked into.

"But we recognise that the facility is used by the local community and closure remains the last possible option."

The council said earlier this month it was looking at cutting more than 700 jobs as part of its savings drive.

Consultation with staff has started and compulsory redundancies have not been ruled out.

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