Authority to consider closing Duffield Children’s Centre

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Council chiefs are set to launch a consultation on completely closing Duffield Children’s Centre.

The village facility could shut as part of cost-cutting plans unveiled by Derbyshire County Council.

The authority originally planned to shut seven children’s centres across Derbyshire over the next year.

But after a consultation, the council will instead consider proposals to close just two centres, in Duffield and Ashbourne, while slashing the opening hours of ten others, including in Crich.

A council spokesman said: “Duffield and Ashbourne children’s centres appear to have relatively low usage, cost a lot to run and are not in areas of greatest need.”

Councillor Kevin Gillott, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, warned that the Labour-led authority – which must save £157million by 2018 – may have to close more centres in future years if “devastating” Coalition Government cuts continue.

Children’s centres provide a range of services including childcare and health advice.

Council chiefs will meet next Tuesday when they are expected to approve a consultation on the revised plans.